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


Journal of the Senate
of the State of West Virginia

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

Friday, July 17th, 1863

The Journal was read and approved.

A message from the House of Delegates, by the Clerk announced the passage of, and asked concurrence in,

House Bill No. 27, “A Bill providing for and regulating township meetings and elections;” and that they had also concurred in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th, and disagreed to the 1st and 5th amendments proposed by the Senate to

House Bill No. 8, “A Bill relating to exemptions from military duty.”

Mr. Maxwell, from the committee on Courts of Justice and General Laws, reported back the following bill, with a recommendation that it pass:

House Bill No. 23, “A Bill to provide seals for the several courts and reorders, which was read the third time and passed with its title:

Yeas—Messrs. Phelps, (President,) Atkinson, Bechtol, Bowen, Brown, Bunker, Burley, Carskadon, Copley, Farnsworth, Hawkins, Haymond, Mahon, Maxwell, McCann, Rollyson, Slack, Stevenson and Young – 19.

Nays – None.

Ordered, That the Clerk inform the House of Delegates thereof.

Mr. Maxwell, from the same committee, reported back the following bill, with a recommendation that it pass with amendments:

House Bill No. 17, “A Bill to amend the act staying the collection of certain debts.”

Mr. Brown, from the committee on Finance and Claims, reported back the following bill, with a recommendation that it pass:

House Bill No. 20, “A Bill to authorize the payment of outstanding claims for the tuition of indigent children.”

The President announced that Messrs. Slack and Atkinson would compose the committee under Mr. Slack’s resolution adopted yesterday.

On motion of Mr. Bunker the Senate took up the joint resolution in relation to the Weston Lunatic Asylum, and concurred in the amendment proposed by the House of Delegates thereto.

Ordered, That Mr. Bunker inform the House of Delegates thereof, and that Mr. Farnsworth be the committee on the part of the Senate.

On motion of Mr. Burley, the Senate substitute, entitled “A Bill to provide for the division of the several counties of the State into townships,” for

House Bill No. 5, “A Bill to provide for the division into townships of the several counties of the State,” was taken up, and Mr. Burley’s amended substitute for the first section was adopted, and on motion of Mr. Atkinson the Senate’s substitute, as amended, was recommitted to the committee on Townships, &c., with instructions to report a bill in conformity with the substitute for the said first section.

Mr. McCann moved that the Senate take up the resolution introduced by him yesterday, in relation to appointing a joint committee to divide the State into Congressional districts, which was agreed to, and the resolution adopted.

Ordered, That the Clerk inform the House of Delegates thereof, and ask their concurrence.

Mr. Haymond moved that the Senate take up the joint resolution of the House in relation to the election of United States Senators; upon which question Mr. Carskakon demanded the yeas and nays, and demand being sustained, the motion was agreed to:

Yeas – Messrs. Phelps, (President,) Atkinson, Bechtol, Bowen, Brown, Bunker, Carskadon, Copley, Hawkins, Haymond, Mahon, and McCann – 12.

Nays – Messrs. Barley, Farnsworth, Maxwell, Rollyson, Slack, Stevnson, and Young – 7.

Mr. McCann moved to amend the same by striking out “Monday, the 20th day of July,” and inserting “Thursday, the 6th day of August.”

Mr. Carskadon moved to amend the amendment by inserting “Thursday, the 23rd day of July,” instead of “Thursday, the 6th day of August.”

Mr. Farnsworth moved that the resolution and amendments be laid on the table; and upon this question demanded the yeas and nays, and the demand being sustained, the motion was lost:

Yeas – Messrs. Atkinson, Burley, Farnsworth, Rollyson, Slack, Stevenson and Young – 7.

Nays – Messrs. Phelps, (President,) Bechtol, Bowen, Brown, Bunker, Carskadon, Copley, Hawkins, Haymond, Mahon, Maxwell and McCann – 12.

The amendment of Mr. Carskdon being rejected, and that of Mr. McCann agreed to, the resolution, as amended, was adopted.

Ordered, That the Clerk inform the House of Delegates thereof, and ask their concurrence in said amendments.

On motion of Mr. Stevenson,

Senate Bill No. 5, “A Bill relating to townships and township officers,” was taken up and its consideration resumed.

Mr. Brown moved to amend by striking out the 9th section, which was disagreed to.

On motion of Mr. Maxwell, the words “or townships” were inserted in the 91st line, after the words “adjoining township,” and also in the 93rd line, after the word “township.”

And on motion of Mr. Brow the bill was laid on the table, subject to future amendment.

On motion of Mr. Maxwell,

Senate Bill No. 8, “A Bill allowing further time to officer now elected in which to qualify and give bond,” was taken up, read the second time, and laid on the table.

And on motion of Mr. Copley, the Senate adjourned.


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