FRIDAY, November 27, 1863.
After prayer by Rev. Mr. Blakeney, 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. 135, “A Bill concerning slaves, “ and House Bill No. 148, “A Bill confirming the election of William E. Allison;” that it had indefinitely postponed the joint resolution of the Senate relating to the location of the capital of the State; that it had agreed to the 2d, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th 12th, 13th, 15th 16th, and 17th of the Senate’s amendments to House Bill No. 83, “A Bill concerning licenses,” disagreed to the 1st and 14th of said amendments, and amended the 3d, so as to add at the end of the second section the words “or require any trustee selling trust property, or any officer selling property under an order, decree, or execution of any court or justice to take out license therefor,” and, as amended, adopted it; and that it had adopted the report of the conference committee upon the Senate’s amendment to House Bill No. 75, “A Bill to authorize the Kanawha Board to borrow money.”
The first and second named bills were each read the first time.
On motion of Mr. Brown, the Senate receded from its 1st and insisted on its 14th amendment to the third named bill; and on motion of Mr. Maxwell, the amendment proposed by the House to the 3d amendment of the Senate to the said bill, was amended by inserting before the word “officer,” the words “commissioner or.”
On motion of Mr. Slack, the Senate asked for a new committee of conference on the last named bill.
On motion of Mr. Brown, Mr. Hubbard was granted leave of absence.
House Bill No. 139, “A Bill in relation to the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Hospital for the Insane,” was read the second time, and referred to the Committee on Courts of Justice and General Laws.
On motion of Mr. Bunker, House Bill No. 127, “A Bill providing for the construction and repair of roads and bridges,” was taken up.
Mr. Maxwell offered the following, to be added at the end of the 12th section as amended; and it was adopted:
“No road shall be established through any lot in an incorporated town, to which the provisions of this act apply, without the consent of the proprietor thereof.”
Mr. Maxwell offered the following, to be added at the end of the 36th section:
“Any surveyor of a road who shall fail to perform any duty required of him in this act, except refuse to serve or fail to account for and pay over money in his hands, shall pay a fine of not less than five nor more than thirty dollars.”
Mr. Stevenson moved to strike out of the amendment the word “thirty” and insert “fifteen,” but the motion was rejected.
The amendment of Mr. Maxwell was then adopted.
Mr. Maxwell offered the following additional section, to be inserted before the repealing clause at the end of the bill:
“In this act the construction of the word “road” shall be that it embraces any turnpike, State road, or county road, or the Cumberland road; of the word “bridge,” that it embraces any bridge of the State or a county, or any toll bridge.”
But pending this motion,
On motion of Mr. Bunker, the bill was recommitted.
Mr. Brown, from the Committee on Finance and Claims, reported back House Bill No. 131, “A Bill fixing the compensation of the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House Delegates,” recommending its passage; and it was read the third time.
But on motion of Mr. Bunker it was laid on the table.
On motion of Mr. Maxwell, the rule providing for an afternoon session was suspended for this day.
And on motion of Mr. Mahon the Senate adjourned.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: November 1863