THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1863.
After prayer by the Rev. Mr. Brockunier, the Journal was read and approved.
A message from the House of Delegates by the clerk, announced that the House had agreed to the 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 17th and 18th of the Senate’s amendments to House Bill No. 105, “A bill to provide for the collection of taxes,” the 3d with an amendment striking out “some day,” and inserting “three several days,” and the 4th with an amendment restoring “September” in the bill, instead of “October,” and has disagreed to the 5th, 15th and 16th.
The Senate disagreed to the amendment proposed by the House to the said third amendment; the one proposed to the 4th; insisted on its fifth; and receded from its 15th and 16th.
Mr. Brown, from the Committee on Finance and Claims, reported adversely upon the memorial of Susan Dusenberry and others; and the report was adopted.
Mr. Brown, from the same committee, reported Senate Bill No. 44, “A Bill fixing the compensation of the agent of the State for the distribution of vaccine matter.”
The bill was read the first time, and its printing dispensed with.
House Bill No. 145, “A Bill authorizing the publication of an extra number of the laws,” was read the second time and referred to the Committee on Finance and Claims.
On motion of Mr. Bunker, House Bill No. 135, “A Bill concerning slaves,” was taken up.
Mr. Stevenson moved that the following be inserted after the first sentence of the 3d section:
“Slaves so emancipated, shall not be liable for any debt or claim against the person emancipating them.”
Which was disagreed to.
Mr. Hubbard offered the following, to be inserted after the first sentence of the 3d section:
“Slaves so emancipated, shall not be liable for any debt or claim against the person emancipating them, if such debt or claim be contract after the passage of this act; nor shall they be liable to be taken under any lien or execution existing at the time of the passage of this act, if other property can be found subject thereto.”
The amendment was agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Stevenson, the following section was added at the end of the bill.
“7. Chapter 103 of the Code of Virginia, second edition, except sections 9 and 11, is hereby repealed.”
On motion of Mr. Stevenson, the vote adopting an amendment repealing the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th sections of chapter 103, of the Code of Virginia, second edition, was reconsidered, and the motion to adopt the said amendment arising, it was lost.
On motion of Mr. Bunker, the word “penalty,” was stricken out of section 5, line 12, and “fine” inserted.
The bill was then read the third time, and passed with its title.
YEAS – Messrs. Phelps, (President.) Atkinson, Bechtol, Brown, Bunker, Carskadon, Copley, Farnsworth, Hawkins, Hubbard, Mahon, Maxwell, Rollyson, Slack, Stevenson and Young – 16.
NAYS – Mr. Haymond – 1.
On motion of Mr. Slack, the Senate took up the joint resolution offered by him on Tuesday last.
Mr. Maxwell offered the following substitute:
Resolved, By the Legislature of West Virginia, that the Governor of this State to requested to ascertain the amount, if any, of the appropriation made on the 31st day of July, 1861, by the act of Congress, entitled “An Act making an appropriation to pay expenses of transporting and delivering arms and munitions of war to the loyal citizens of States of which the inhabitants are now, or may hereafter be in rebellion against the government of the United States, and to provide for the expense of organizing them into companies, battalions, regiments or otherwise, for their own protection against domestic violence, insurrection, invasion or rebellion,” to which this State is entitled, and how much, if any has been paid, and to whom paid.”
Pending which, on motion of Mr. Maxwell, the resolution and substitute were tabled.
The Senate adjourned.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: December 1863