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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
July 31, 1863


Journal of the Senate
of the State of West Virginia

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

Friday, July 31st, 1863

After prayer by Rev. Mr. Wayman, the Journal was read and approved.

Mr. Brown, from the committee on Finance and Claims, to whom was referred on yesterday, a resolution instructing them to audit the accounts of the Executive Committee of the Constitutional Convention, &c., reported that the said Executive Committee received the sum of $2,874.71, under the resolution of the said Convention adopted February 20, 1863, being part of the appropriation of $7,000.00 made by the General Assembly of Virginia, to pay the expenses of said Convention, &c.,; that the said Committee expended $2,371.08, in payment of expenses incurred in carrying into execution the Ordinances of said Convention and the schedule annexed to the original Constitution; that $503.63, the residue of the amount received by them, they paid into the treasury of West Virginia; and that for expenses incurred by said Executive Committee in carrying into execution the Ordinance of said Convention and the said schedule including the expenses of all elections held under and by virtue of the said Ordinances and schedule, there remains unpaid the sum of $2,028.42. And said committee reported further, that an appropriation ought to be made by the Legislature for the payment of the said last named sum.

On motion of Mr. Hubbard, the said report was received and laid on the table.

Mr. Brown, from the committee on Enrolled Bills, reported that they had examined sundry other enrolled bills and found them correctly enrolled.

Mr. Stevenson, from the committee of conference in relation to House Bill No. 5, “A Bill for the division into townships of the several counties in the State.” Reported that the committee recommended the bill to pass, with the following amendments:

1. In the second line strike out the words, “three for each county of the State” and insert “one of each magisterial district in each county of the State, a majority of whom act.”

2. In the twenty-second line after the word “fair” insert the word “outline.”

3. In the twenty-third line strike out the words “projected on a scale of two miles to the inch.”

4. In the twenty-fifth line strike out the words “the area of each stated” and insert after the word “each” in the twenty-sixth line the word “township.”

5. In the thirty-first line strike out the words, “and surveyor” and “three dollars” and insert after the words “sum of,” “one dollar and a half;” and after “each” in the thirty-second line insert the words “and surveyor two dollars;” and after the word “are” in the same line insert “respectively.”

6. Strike out the second sentence in the fourth section.

7. Strike out the word “approximate” in the forty-fourth line.

8. Strike out the word “late” in the forty-fifth line and insert after the word “Census” in the same line, “of 1860.”

9. Insert the Senate schedule in lieu of the House schedule.

Mr. Hubbard moved that the report of said committee be adopted, which was agreed to by the following vote:

Yeas—Messrs. Phelps, (President,) Atkinson, Bowen, Brown, Bunker, Burley, Carskadon, Copley, Hawkins, Haymond, Hubbard, Mahon, McCann, Slack, and Stevenson—15.

Nays – Messrs. Farnsworth, Maxwell, Rollyson, and Young – 4.

Ordered, That Mr. Hubbard inform the House of Delegates thereof, and ask concurrence.

Mr. McCann obtained leave to withdraw the resolution offered by him on Wednesday last.

Mr. Van Winkle informed the Senate that the House had adopted the report of the committee of conference in relation to House Bill No. 5, “A Bill for the division into townships of the several counties in the State.

Senate Bill No. 13, “A Bill for the establishment of Free Schools,” was read by sections for amendment.

Mr. Maxwell moved to amend the first section by striking out the words “which now are or may hearafter be, “ in the sixth line.

Mr. Atkinson moved to amend the amendment by striking out all after the word “education” in the fifth line of the first section to the word “shall” in the seventh line and insert “and such sections of the townships having a school house which is from time to time occupied for schools.”

Mr. Hubbard moved as a substitute both for the amendment and the amendment, to insert of the words proposed to be stricken out by the amendment of Mr. Atkinson, the following: “and where for purposes of instruction, it may become necessary to establish two or more schools in each township, a separate district shall be set apart to each school, which.”

A division being called for by Mr. Stevenson, the question was first put upon striking out, which was disagreed to.

Mr. Mahon moved that the said bill be re-committed to the committee on Education, which was agreed to.

And on motion of Mr. Young, t he Senate adjourned.


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