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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
July 17, 1863


Journal of the House of Delegates
of the State of West Virginia

(Wheeling: John F. M'Dermot, Public Printer, 1863)

[reported several bills from committees, appointed house members to joint committee on Lunatic Asylum]

FRIDAY, July 17, 1863.

Prayer by Rev. Randall Ross.

Journal read and approved.

Mr. Crothers from the committee on Elections and Privileges, reported House Bill No. 33, entitled “A Bill to prevent the sale and use of liquors on elections days;” also, House Bill No. 34, entitled “An Act respecting the loyalty of ministers of the gospel.”

Mr. Ruffner, from the committee on Taxation and Finance, reported House Bill No. 35, entitled “A Bill making an appropriation for expenses of the Legislature.” The bill was read the first time, on motion of the gentleman reporting it.

Mr. Bowyer, from the committee on Roads and Internal Navigation, reported House Bill No. 36, entitled “A Bill providing for rebuilding the bridge across Buffalo creek, at Barnsville, in Marion county.”

Mr. Kramer, from the committee on Military Affairs, to whom was referred Senate Bill No. 4, entitled “An Act for the appointment of a Quartermaster General, and prescribing, in part, his duties,” reported it back and recommended that it be amended by striking out in the sixth section the word “ten” before “thousand,” and substituting the word “two.” He also, from the same committee, to whom was referred the resolution relative to paying a certain sum of money to Capt. Joel Cunningham’s Home Guards, in Jackson county, reported it inexpedient to legislate on the subject.

A message from the Senate announced the passage of the following bills:

House Bill No. 15, entitled “A Bill to prescribe the manner in which money may be paid into the treasury of the State;”
House Bill No. 19, entitled “A Bill to regulate the recovery of claims where the State is a party interested;”
House Bill No. 22, entitled “A Bill to prevent the encouragement of invasions and insurrections;”
House Bill No. 25, entitled “A Bill to provide for the appointment and qualification of deputy sheriffs, recorders and clerks.”

Mr. Wheat introduced the following resolution; which on motion of Mr. Ruffner was laid upon the table:

Resolved, That this House, the Senate concurring, take a recess from the first of August until the first of September: Provided, however, sufficient legislation is had to enable county organization, and that each member aid the commissioners to district their several counties, and that the Auditor be authorized to procure three sheets of paper for each county, three by four feet, upon which to project the county maps.

Senate Bill No. 1, entitled “A Bill to provide commissioners of immigration,” was taken up on its second reading, read the second time, and referred to the committee on Forfeited and Unappropriated Lands, and ordered to be printed.

Senate Bill No. 2, entitled “A Bill regulating proceedings in criminal cases,” was taken up on its second reading, read the second time, and referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

A message from the Senate announced concurrence in the House amendment to the Senate joint resolution respecting the appointment of a committee to examine the condition of the Lunatic Asylum at Weston, and the appointment of Mr. Farnsworth, on the part of the Senate.

The Speaker appointed Messrs. Ballard and Davidson, on the part of the House.

Senate Bill No. 4, entitled “A Bill for the appointment of a Quartermaster General, and prescribing, in part, his duties,” on its second reading, was taken up and read the second time.

On motion of Mr. Kramer, it was amended in the sixth section by striking out “ten” before “thousand,” and inserting “two;” and it was ordered to third reading.

On motion of Mr. Ruffner,

House Bill No. 35, entitled “A Bill making an appropriation for expenses of the Legislature,” was taken up and read the first time.

On motion of Mr. Lamb,

Ordered, That the Clerk procure to be printed without delay for the use of the Legislature, three hundred copies of the Acts which have passed both Houses, except the four Acts first passed, which have been heretofore printed, and the Act concerning the Hempfield Railroad Company.

Mr. Barns presented a remonstrance of the people of Marion county, against declaring Dent’s run a public highway, which on his motion was referred to the committee on Roads and Internal Navigation.

On motion of Mr. Lamb,

House Bill No. 30, entitled “A Bill to provide for the trial of offences committed in counties in which the administration of justice may be interrupted by war or insurrection,” on its second reading was taken up.

On motion of Mr. Goff, it was amended by inserting the following as an additional section:

All expenses of such trial and of the apprehending and safe keeping of the criminal, shall be certified by the Auditor of the State, and paid by the Treasurer thereof.

The bill was then ordered to engrossment.

On motion the House adjourned.


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