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July 21, 1863


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

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

[Passed several bills including paying legislative expenses, quartermaster general, criminal cases, certifying commissioners’ books for 1863, members appointed to committee to divide state into congressional districts, several new bills introduced]

TUESDAY, July 21, 1863.

Prayer by Rev. J. L. Clark.

Journal read and approved.

Mr. McGrew, from the committee on Forfeited and Unappropriated Lands, to whom was recommitted House Bill No. 29, entitled “An Act to provide for the issuing of grants, where entries have been heretofore made,” reported House Bill No. 43, a substitute for the same, which, on his motion, was read the first time.

The following message was reported from the Senate:

SENATE CHAMBER, July 20, 1863 The Senate has this day concurred in the House amendment to the joint resolution of the Senate appointing a committee to divide the State into Congressional districts.

They have also passed and ask concurrence in, Senate Bill No. 8, “A Bill allowing further time to officers now elected in which to qualify and give bond.”

They have also passed House Bill No. 21, “A Bill defining the jurisdiction and powers of the Supreme Court of Appeals and the Judges thereof,” and House Bill No. 20, “A Bill to authorize the payment of outstanding claims for the tuition of indigent children,”

ELLERY R. HALL, Clerk of Senate.

Senate Bill No. 8, entitled “A Bill allowing further time to officers now elected in which to qualify and give bond,” thus reported from the Senate, was taken up, read the first time and ordered to second reading.

Engrossed House Bill No. 35, entitled “A Bill making an appropriation for expenses of the Legislature,” was taken up, read the third time and passed with its title:

The YEAS were - Messrs. Patrick (Speaker), Barns, Barrick, Bee, Boggs, Bowyer, Bumgarner, Copley, Crawford, Crooks, Crothers, Davidson, Dawson, Dunbar, Dunn, Fleming, Foster, Gillilan, Goff, Griffin, Hagar, Hale, Hinchman, Holman, Keeney, Kittle, Lamb, Little, Lough, Mann, McGrew, McWhorter, Michael, Rader, Robinson, Ross, Ruffner, Sheets, Shriver, Sutton, Sweeney, Teter of Barbour, Teter of Upshur, Turner, Van Winkle, Wheat, Wiant, and Wright – 49.

The NAYS were – None.

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

The YEAS were - Messrs. Patrick (Speaker), Ballard, Barns, Barrick, Bee, Boggs, Bowyer, Bumgarner, Copley, Crawford, Crooks, Crothers, Davidson, Dunbar, Dunn, Fleming, Foster, Gillilan, Goff, Griffin, Hagar, Hale, Hinchman, Holman, Keeney, Kittle, Lamb, Little, Lough, Mann, McGrew, McWhorter, Michael, Rader, Robinson, Ross, Ruffner, Sheets, Shriver, Sutton, Sweeney, Teter of Barbour, Teter of Upshur, Turner, Van Winkle, Wheat, Wiant, and Wright – 49.

The NAYS were – None.

On motion of Mr. Lamb,

Senate Bill No. 2, entitled “A Bill regulating proceedings in criminal cases,” on its passage was taken up and passed:

The YEAS were - Messrs. Patrick (Speaker), Ballard, Barns, Barrick, Bee, Boggs, Bowyer, Bumgarner, Copley, Crawford, Crooks, Crothers, Davidson, Dawson, Dunbar, Dunn, Fleming, Foster, Gillilan, Goff, Griffin, Hagar, Hale, Hinchman, Holman, Keeney, Kittle, Lamb, Little, Lough, Mann, McGrew, McWhorter, Michael, Rader, Robinson, Ross, Ruffner, Sheets, Shriver, Sutton, Sweeney, Teter of Barbour, Teter of Upshur, Turner, Van Winkle, Wheat, Wiant, and Wright – 49.

The NAYS were – None.

House Bill No. 33, entitled “A Bill to prevent the sale or use of liquors on election days,” was taken up, on its second reading, read the second time, and, on motion of Mr. Van Winkle, was laid upon the table.

The Speaker announced the committee, on the part of the House, raised by the joint resolution of the Senate, to divide the State into Congressional districts, to consist of the following gentlemen:-Messrs. Crawford, Holman, McGrew, Sweeney, Keeney, Kittle, Ruffner, Hagar, Ballard, and Wheat.

House Bill No. 34, entitled “An Act respecting the loyalty of ministers of the Gospel,” on its second reading, was taken up and read the second time.

Mr. Dunbar moved to amend by striking out all from the word “Gospel,” in the first line, to the word “shall” in the third line.

On motion of Mr. Lamb, the bill was referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

House Bill No. 36, entitled “A Bill providing for re-building the bridge across Buffalo Creek, at Barnsville, in Marion county,” and House Bill No. 37, entitled “A Bill concerning the bond of the surveyor of lands,” were respectively taken up, on their second reading, read the second time, and ordered to engrossment.

House Bill No. 39, entitled “An Act to amend an Act passed by the General Assembly of Virginia, February 19, 1856, entitled ‘An Act to incorporate the Citizens’ Fire, Marine and Life Insurance Company of Wheeling,’” was taken up, on its second reading, read the second time, and, on motion of Mr. Shriver referred to the committee on the Judiciary.

House Bill No. 40, entitled “An Act for the protection of fish,” was taken up on its second reading and read the second time.

On motion of Mr. Shriver the bill was amended by inserting “fish” after “kill,” in the second line; and further, by striking out “county” and inserting instead “township,” in the nineteenth line; and further, by striking out in the twelfth line the words “apply to the Ohio river, or.”

On motion of Mr. Bee, the bill was further amended by striking out “fifteenth,” in the tenth line, and substituting “first;” and by striking out “fifteenth day of October,” in the eleventh line, and inserting “first day of September.”

On motion of Mr. Ballard, the bill was laid upon the table.

House Bill No. 41, entitled “A Bill providing for examining and certifying Commissioner’s books for 1863,” was taken up on its second reading, read the second time, and ordered to engrossment; and being engrossed, the case being urgent, and three-fourths of the members consenting, the rule was, on motion of Mr. McWhorter, suspended, and the bill read the third time and passed with its title:

The YEAS were - Messrs. Patrick (Speaker), Ballard, Barns, Barrick, Bee, Boggs, Bumgarner, Copley, Crawford, Crooks, Crothers, Davidson, Dawson, Dunbar, Dunn, Fleming, Foster, Gillilan, Goff, Griffin, Hagar, Hale, Hinchman, Holman, Keeney, Kittle, Lamb, Little, Lough, Mann, McGrew, McWhorter, Michael, Rader, Robinson, Ross, Ruffner, Sheets, Shriver, Sutton, Sweeney, Teter of Barbour, Teter of Upshur, Turner, Van Winkle, Wheat, Wiant, and Wright – 48.

The NAYS were – None.

On motion of Mr. Lamb,

Ordered, That the committee on Taxation and Finance audit and report on the account of the Executive committee of the Constitutional Convention, respecting the money received by them under the resolution of the said Convention of February 20, 1863, and be further instructed to receive and report upon such claims as may still remain unpaid, for expenses incurred in carrying into execution the Ordinances of the said Convention, and the Schedule annexed to the original Constitution, including the expenses of all elections held under, or by virtue of the Ordinances and Schedule.

On motion of Mr. Dawson,

Ordered, That the committee on Taxation and Finance be requested to inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill providing for an appropriation of two thousand dollars, to defray expenses of transporting sick, wounded, and dead soldiers belonging to regiments in the service of the United State from West Virginia, who are unable to pay their transportation from the fated field or hospital to their homes. The said appropriation to be at the disposal of the Governor of this State.

On motion the House adjourned.


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