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October 29, 1863


Journal of the Senate

THURSDAY, October 29, 1863.

Prayer by Rev. Mr. Wayman.

Journal read and approved.

A message from the House by the clerk announced that the House had adopted the report of the joint special committee to examine the Auditor’s office, and the resolution therein recommended, as amended by the Senate, with the following additional amendment, in which it asks concurrence.

“Add “and which have been heretofore placed in his custody and possession, by the Governor of this State.”

And that it had disagreed to the Senate’s substitute for “House Bill No. 31, “A Bill for the reorganization of the militia.”

On motion of Mr. Atkinson, the Senate concurred in the House amendment to the resolution aforesaid.

On motion of Mr. Bunker, the Senate insisted on its substitute for said bill.

Mr. Farnsworth, from the Committee on Internal Improvements and Navigation, reported back

House Bill No. 118, “A Bill to incorporate the Wheeling Creek and Pennsylvania Turnpike Company, “with a recommendation that it pass, with the following amendment: Strike out of the 26th line the word “twelve” and insert “twenty.”

This amendment was adopted, the bill read the third time and passed with its title:

YEAS – Messrs. Bowen, Brown, Bunker, Carskadon, Copley, Farnsworth, Hawkins, Haymond, Hubbard, Mahon, Maxwell, Rollyson, Slack, Stevenson and Young – 13.

NAYS – None.

Mr. Farnsworth, from the same committee, reported adversely upon the repeal of the act making Blue Creek, in the county of Kanawha, a public highway, and that it is inexpedient at this time to legislate upon that subject.

Mr. Young offered a resolution of inquiry upon the subject of declaring the slave families of slaves, who volunteer in the service of the United States, free from involuntary servitude.

On motion of Mr. Carskadon, it was laid on the table.

On motion of Mr. Stevenson,

Resolved, That the Committee on Courts of Justice be requested to inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill to increase jailors fees in certain cases.

On motion of Mr. Hawkins,

Resolved, That the Committee on Finance and Claims inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill, fixing the amount and character of property to be exempted from distress, levy or sale.

Mr. Maxwell offered the following:

Resolved, By the Legislature of West Virginia, that when the two houses adjourn on the 10th day of November next, they shall stand adjourned sine die.

This resolution was laid on the table under the rule.

Mr. Phelps, (Mr. Carskadon in the chair,) offered the following, which was likewise tabled:

Resolved, That a joint committee of one from the Senate and two from the House of Delegates be hereby instructed to inquire into the propriety of procuring the whole of the building called the Linsley Institute, or some other suitable building, for the use of the Legislature of the State.

House Bill No. 124, “A Bill to continue the stay law in force within the county of Kanawha,” was read the second time and referred to the Committee on courts of Justice and General Laws.

House Bill No. 101, “A Bill admitting the county of Jefferson into and making the same part of this State,” was read the second time and referred to the Committee on Townships, &c.

Senate Bill No. 33, “A Bill in relation to juries,” was read the third time and passed with its title:

YEAS – Messrs. Phelps (President), Atkinson, Bowen, Brown, Bunker, Carskadon, Copley, Farnsworth, Hawkins, Haymond, Hubbard, Mahon, Maxwell, Rollyson, Slack, Stevenson, and Young – 17.

NAYS – None.

On motion of Mr. Stevenson, House Bill No. 116, “A Bill relating to townships and township officers,” was taken up.

On motion of Mr. Brown, the 103d lines was amended by inserting after the word “duty,” the word “incompetence.”

Mr. Stevenson moved to amend the 133d line by striking out “his township,” and inserting “the state of West Virginia,” which was agreed to.

On motion of Mr. Stevenson, the words “delivered to the supervisor, in whose care and custody it shall remain,” were stricken out of the 180th and 181st lines, and the words “filed in the office of the clerk of the board of supervisors of the county” inserted, and a similar amendment made in the 139th and 140th lines.

On motion of Mr. Brown, the words “at a proper time and place” were stricken out of the 261st and 262d lines.

On motion of Mr. Bunker, the Senate took a recess.

3 o’clock, P.M.

Mr. Stevenson moved to amend the bill under consideration at the hour of recess, by striking out all after the word “sum,” in the 142d line, to the end of the sentence, and inserting in lieu, thereof the words “not more than three hundred dollars, per year, as shall be fixed by the board of supervisors,” which was agreed to.

On motion of Mr. Brown, the words “to be paid out of the country treasury,” were added at the end of the last named amendment.

On motion of Mr. Atkinson, the last section of the bill was amended by striking out the two clauses in relation to free schools.

On motion of Mr. Carskadon, the last sentence of the section was stricken out.

Mr. Brown moved to amend the 278th line by striking out “land and inserting “land or lands,” and by striking out the 379th line the words “a township cemetery or burial ground,” and inserting one or more township cemeteries or burial grounds,” which was agreed to.

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

YEAS – Messrs. Phelps (President), Atkinson, Bowen, Brown, Bunker, Carskdon, Copley, Farnsworth, Hawkins, Haymond, Mahon, Maxwell, Slack, Stevenson, and Young – 15.

NAYS – None.

On motion of Mr. Bunker, the Senate adjourned.


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