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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
July 27, 1863


Journal of the Senate
of the State of West Virginia

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

Monday, July 27th, 1863.

Prayer by Rev. Mr. Wiley.

The Journal of Friday and Saturday read and approved.

Senate Bill No. 12, “A Bill in relation to orders of publication,” was read the second time and ordered to be engrossed.

Senate Bill No. 7, “A Bill relating to the public printing,” was read the third time, and passed with its title:

Yeas – Messrs. Phelps, (President,) Bowen, Brown, Bunker, Carskadon, Copley, Farnsworth, Hawkins, Haymond, Hubbard, Mahon, Maxwell, Rollyson, and Stevenson – 14.

Nays – None.

Ordered, That the Clerk inform the House thereof.

House Bill No. 37, “A Bill concerning the bond of the surveyor of lands,” was read the first time.

House Bill No. 35, “A Bill making an appropriation for expenses of the Legislature,” was read the second time, and referred to the committee on Finance and Claims.

House Bill No. 41, “A Bill providing for examining and certifying commissioners’ books for 1863,” was read the second time and referred to the committee on Courts of Justice and General Laws.

The Senate concurred in the amendment proposed by the House of Delegates to House bill No. 17, “A Bill to amend the Act staying the collection of certain debts.”

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

House Bill No. 30, “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,” was taken up.

The amendment proposed by the committee to strike out of the third section the words “the best evidence of the contents thereof which the nature of the case will allow, shall be received in lieu thereof,” and insert the words, “a new presentment or indictment may be preferred against the accused,” was agreed to.

Mr. Bunker moved to amend the second section by striking out after the word “him” in the fifteenth line, the words “at such convenient place in any other county as he may appoint for the purpose,” and insert the words “in Ohio county,” but the motion was lost.

The bill was then read the third time, and passed with its title.

Yeas – Messrs. Phelps, (President,) Bowen, Carskadon, Copley, Farnsworth, Hawkins, Haymond, Hubbard, Mahon, Maxwell, Rollyson, Slack, and Stevenson – 13.

Nays – Messrs. Brown and Bunker – 2.

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

On motion of Mr. Maxwell,

Senate Bill No. 3, “A Bill providing for isuing grants in certain cases,” was taken up.

Mr. Maxwell offered the following as a substitute for the first three sections:

1. All entries made before the 20th day of June, 1863, under the provisions of chapter one hundred and twelve of the Code of Virginia, (second edition,) which were in force on that day and which have not heretofore been surveyed, shall be surveyed according to the provisions of the said chapter of the said Code. All plats and certificates of such surveys, whether heretofore or hereafter made, plats and certificates of all other surveys in force on the said 20th day of June 1863; and copies of all plats and certificates of surveys heretofore filed in the land office at Richmond on which no grants have issued and been delivered to the parties to whom issued, shall, before the expiration of three years from the passage of this Act, be returned by those for whom the surveys are made, to the Secretary of State, and they may demand of him receipts for the same.

This substitute was adopted, and the bill ordered to be engrossed.

On motion of Mr. Bunker, the Senate took up.

Senate Bill No. 11, “A Bill classifying the militia of the State.”

Mr. Stevenson moved to amend the same by adding at the end of the second section the words, “and proportion to the time in which they are engaged in active service, they shall receive the same pay as that given at the time, to troops in the service of the United States.”

Mr. Farnsworth offered the following as an amendment to the amendment, to be added at the end thereof : “Provided, That all such service to be paid for, shall be ordered by the Governor,” which was disagreed to.

Pending the amendment offered by Mr. Stevenson,

On motion of Mr. Brown, said bill was recommitted to the committee on Military Affairs.

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


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