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Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood
January 21, 1864


Journal of the Senate
January 21, 1864

THURSDAY, January 21, 1864

The Senate opened with prayer by Mr. Phelps, a member of the Senate.

The journal was read and approved.

A message from the House of Delegates by the Clerk announced the passage of, and asked concurrence in the following:

“WHEREAS, The loyal people of West Virginia are being injured by the annoying and oppressive restrictions placed upon trade and commerce, under the regulations of the Treasury Department, now in force in said State :

AND WHEREAS, it is the deliberate opinion and conviction of the people of the State, as well as the military authorities located in the same, that such regulations are not calculated to obtain their only legitimate object, namely the prevention of supplies to districts within the control of the enemy :

Therefore be it Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia, That our Senators in Congress be instructed, and our Representatives be requested to represent these facts to the proper authorities at Washington ; and to use their most earnest efforts to secure such modification of the trade regulation referred to, as will relieve the loyal people of the state from the grievances set forth in these resolutions.

Resolved, That the Governor of the State be requested to convey a copy of these resolutions to each of our Senators and Representatives at Washington.

Resolved, That the Governor be authorized to send one or more commissioners to Washington to aid in promoting the objects of these resolutions.

Mr. Haymond called for the yeas and nays upon the adoption of the said resolutions, and the demand being sustained they were adopted:

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

NAYS—None.

On motion of Mr. Brown,

Resolved, That the Committee on Townships and County Organization and Municipal Corporations be requested to inquire into the expediency of so amending the General Election law that the election of Township Officers may be declared by the Supervisors of the several townships, and that said committee report by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. Brown,

Resolved, That the Committee on Courts of Justice and General Laws, be requested to inquire into the expediency of extending the time within which county and township officers are required to qualify and give bond.

On motion of Mr. Bunker,

Resolved, That the Committee on Courts of Justice and General Laws be instructed to inquire into the expediency of so amending the present law as to give constables jurisdiction in any part of the county in which they are elected, and that said committee report by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. Phelps,

Resolved, That the Committee on Courts of Justice and General Laws, inquire into the propriety and expediency of abolishing the Delivery Bond System and giving the debtor equal time by taking and stay in the Clerk’s office before the Clerk, giving bond and security, to have the force of execution at the end of the stay, without notice, and gaining the same length of time and indulgence ; and that the committee report by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. Maxwell,

Resolved, That the rules of the Senate be altered so that the name of the standing committee styled the “Committee on Courts of Justice and General Laws,” shall hereafter be called “Committee on the Judiciary.”

On motion of Mr. Maxwell, Resolved, That the credentials of the newly elected members of the Senate be referred to the Committee on Privileges and Elections.

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


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