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-.XJbi STATES OP AMERICA.
.S&TnGTON, N. 0M MONDAY, JUNE 24 1861.
THURSDAY, JUKE 20TH.
The Rational Intelligencer Bays that unless it receives
assistance from its Northern subscribers the paper
must be discontinued.
The Philadelphia druggists won't sell any more quinine
to the South, not even to Kentucky. Dogwood bark
is just as good. At any rate their men will Buffer
far more than the acclimated.
The " Scotch Boys," a fine Company from Richmond
County, arrived here yesterday. They are twelve
months volunteers, and the Company numbers ninety
six men all told, including officers. They are under
the comm ind of Captaia Charles Malloy.
They expect to shoot from the Rip Raps to Sewell's
- Point, some four miles I The Lincolnites are used to
shooting with the long bow, but this is rather loo
long. They have not shot so well at shorter distanc
es, as to make their fire at four miles very much to
There are twelve thousand Federal troops in Missouri.
FRIDAY, JUNE 21 ST.
We see in the papers a report that Gen. Lyon and the
whole force ot Federal troops under his command,
had been taken prisoners by the Missouri troops at
Boonville. As this comes associated with the report
of a Sght at LTarper's Ferry, which we know to be
unfounded, we must take it to be, at least, very doubt
ful. It is not impossible.
The gun-boat ' Union" captured last week, off Savan
nah, the brig flattie Jackson, bound from Matanzw
to Savannah, with Molasses.
SATURDAY, JUKE 22 D.
There has been a collision between the Federal and the
State troops in Missouri, but the particulars are not
yet known. The telegraph is in the hands of Lincoln's
agent?, and therefore cannot be relied upon. Appa.
rently our people out in Missouri are badly off for
military leaders upon whose skill and courage they
The tories who met at Wheeling and called themselves
a convention of the people of Virginia passed a resolu
tion repudiating the Richmond Convention and pro
viding for a complete reorganization of the State
1 bey now propose to elect a new uovemor. A new
State seal and other emblems of authority have been
ordered. When things come straight, these men will
be hung, if they do not first make their escape.
It is supposed that the big Sawyer rifled cannon that
was to fire on Seawell's Point from the Rip Raps,
(only four miles,) has bursted. On the occassion of
its throwing its last shell, which was on the 18tht
there was a strange report, and much commotion
among the Lincolnitea at the Rip Raps. Hence the
supposition of -its bursting. It has been silent ever
The Missouri Senators will not take their seats in Lin
coln's Congress. One reason of their keeping away
is that they fear an arrest for treason.
The torie3 at Wheeling have nominated Frank Pier
pont for Governor of Virginia Who is Frank Pier
It is said that the steamship Bavaria, from Southamp
ton, arrived at New York on the 20th inst., with fif
ty thousand rifle3 for the Federal Government.
The accounts from the Valley of Virginia and the West
are conflicting, but it appears to be nearly certain
that the Confederates, at first taken by surprise, are
now rallying at every point, and that the Confederate
cause is rapidly advancing. General J ohnson's move
men ts around Harper's Ferry have had the happiest
effect in clearing the Valley ol marauders and reliev
ing his own communications from any danger of be
ing cut off at present. Xo doubt Cadwaliadtr is
preparing to advance with a large force, but we pre
sume that General Johnston is bow " master of the
situation," and will be ready to accommodate all
comers, in fact to give them a warm reception. His
lines are dotted between Martinsburg, North of Har
per's Ferry, and Winchester, South of it, the Ferry
being the key of the position.
The reports from Missouri are too vague and unauthen
tic to be given in detail. OrTe of these reports is
tLat General Lyon, the Federal commander, had been
forced to surrender, with a large body of troops.
Another report is that he engaged the State troops,
completely routing them, and that Gov. Jackson fled
ignominiously. It would appear, however, that the
Southerners in Western Missouri have been largely
reinforced, and are beginning to make good headway
against the invaders. We hear it said, but with
how much foundation in fact we do not know, that
some of our North Carolina Regiments now being
organized are intended for Missouri. We take it
that Missouri may at last be regarded as " one ot us."
Kentucky must follow, and poor Maryland will yet
rise, spite of the traitors by whom she has been be
trajed. The fight at Vienna Station, on the Alexandria and Lou
don Railroad, appears to have been more important
than had been supposed. The Washington Intelli
gencer reports two hundred missing on the side of the
Lincolnites. The Confederate troops captured seven
cars, a number of arms, a quantity of ammunition,
mechanical instruments and medicines.
When Col. Benedix's German regiment from Albany
fired into Col. Townsend's American regiment from
some other part of the State of New York, and the
latter run, Benedix's men thought they had conquer
ed the Southern " rebels,"
We saw a musket this morning from the fight at Vien
na, on the Loudon and Hampshire road in Virginia.
It had been hit by a cannon ball, and bent like a
Wilmington Light Infaiitjy.
At a meeting of the above Company on yesterday,
the following members were elected officers :
Henry Savage, Captain.
Chas. D. Myers, -1st Lieutenant.
John J. Poison, 2d do.
E. B. Dudley, Eusign.
Several of the members of this Company having re
ceived appointments in the State Troops, their ranks
have become somewhat reduced, and a few new members
would be received. The Company is a good one, and
good men, who want to do service, had better avail
themselves of the opportunity thus f ffered.
I) nil Journal, 22d, inst
Mr. Russell, in one of his letters to the Loudon
Tim's, falls into a mistake which it is natural enough
that he should make, but which is no less a mistake.-
He seems to thick that because the South Carolinians
hate the Goven.mtnt of Abe Lincoln, they would be
willing and pleased to accept the monarchy of Queen
Victoria. Perhaps they have said, as we all may have
said, that we would rather live under a European mon!
archy, than be subjected to the abolition fanaticism of
the North. But all that only indicated a choice
ot evils. The Southern States have no idea of submit
ting either to Mr. Lincoln or to the wife of Mr. Albert
oonenody, formerly of Saxe Coburg. The people ot
South Carolina are not monarchists, although they
uc duuic ijuetr uouons.
We learn that last night about 11 o'clock, the reel
deuce of Captain R. S. Macomber, situated on the East-
u uuiuer 01 iown, acciaeniiy took fire and was burned
down. Mr. Macomber saved most of his lurniture and
Other property. We do not know the exact amount
loss. The house was comparatively new, and probably
cost somewhere in the neighborhood of two thousand
The Machinery From Harper's Ferry.
Mr. James F. Green, who is in charge of the ma
chinery from Harper's Ferry on its way to Fayetteville,
has kindly called upon us this morning, and from him
we have learned several facts in regard to it, which may
be of interest to our readers. The machinery for Fay
etteville is that for making the Minnie Rifle and all its
attachments, including bayonets, bullet-moulds, &c
The machinery for making the Minnie Musket is still
at Richmond, and its final destination has not yet been
Yesterday the A. P. Hurt went up to Fayetteville
towing a large flit loaded with machinery, and having
on board some seventy persons, mostly ladies and cnn.
dren, as passengers, being mechanics from Harper's
Ferry with their families.
We learn that of the four hundred who had been em
ployed at Harper's Ferry, the Government has succeeded
in securing the services of one hundred and one for the
Armory at Fayetteville ; including among the number
so secured, the most important workmen necessary for
the carrying on of each branch of the manufacture of
We learn that Mr. Philip Burkart, a German by
birth, but for thirty years a citizen of Virginia, during
all which time he was connected with the Armory, hea
received the appointment of Master Armorer at Fay
etteville. He is spoken of in veiy high terms as a skill
ful mechanic, and a most worthy citizen. Indeed, we
are gratified to learn that the men secured for Fayette
ville are of the right stripe in politics, skillful workmen,
and steady, respectable citizens, who will be a valuable
accession to the community among which they will
The buildings and machinery at Harper's Ferry cost
the United States something like four millions of dollars,
of which at least three millions may be put down to
the score of machinery. The rifle machinery is about one.
fourth of the whole, the armory having been capable of j
turning out one thousand muskets per month, and only
two hundred and fifty rifl?s. We presume that Fay
etteville will be made a general arsenal of construction
for all kinds of small arms. At Harper's Ferry only
muskets and rifl-s were made no pistols. Mr. Green
is a very quiet, intelligent, and gentlemanly man, and
no doubt skillful in his department.
Daily Journal, 2Qlh ins'.
At Manassas Junction, at Winchester, in the Kanaw
ha Valley, on the Peninsula between the York and
the James Rivers, things are rapidly drawing to a fjcus.
f, as our telegram fays, McClelland's column is now
within ture miles of Winchester, General Johnson did
not leave Harper's Ferry an hour too soon for the defence
of the Valley and its most vital communications. If the
North Western and the Virginia forces are within three
mil 8 of each other at Winchester, then the fight is in
evitable, and that at an early day very soon, we may
be sure. Beauregard at Manasses Junction is gradually
pushing forward his masses towards Alexandria, com
pelling the enemy to withdraw or fight a desperate bat
tle, while his reconnoitering parties are pushed forward
all around Washington as it were, making the country
exceedingly uncemfortable for the invaders. In the
ower peninsula blood Las already been shed, at Bethel
and elsewhere, and the valiant General Butler, shut up
m r ortress aionroe, wants niieen mousana more men,
before he can start on his triumphant march'to Rich
The troops adverse to us in or on the borders of Vir
ginia, within striking distance, probably outnumber the
troops defending her in the proportion of 5 to 4. But
this ought surely to be made up by the spirit of a peo
ple defending their homes and firesides, and we have no
doubt it will. The disproportion may perhaps be even
greater or it may be less, but it is not sufficient to ren
der us doubtful of the result of any fair contest between
the parties. Norfolk will not probably be attacked at
present, although possibly Gen. Butler's ostensible
design of advancing, when reinforced, upon Richmond,
may be only a feint for the purpose of putting the Vir
ginians off their guard.
We may expect exciting news at any moment.
At the North.
We must make up our minds to fight this contest in
which we are now engaged without reference to outside
influences. We must be prepared to meet any force
that the North nuy be able to bring against us, taking
it for granted that what she can bring against us she
will. This is certainly what prudence would dictate
and the only course upon which we can rely with any
assurance of safety.
Still, while preparing for the worst it is almost im
possible to avoid some speculations founded upon what
we know to be going on at the North. It is evident, if
we can place any reliance upon human testimony, that
the effects of the war are even more disastrous at the
North than at th South. Business houses are failing,
men are out of employment, property is without value.
The natural result of this is that men begin to think
a little, because they have been made to feel. In Penn
sylvania and New York, there is said to be a rapidly
growing desire for peace, Lecause a continued war is
ruin to all their interests there, both manufacturing and
commercial. 'I hey have cooled off a little, if not more,
since they held their big meeting at uooper Institute'
and promised to " wipe out " the whole South.
Pleased. One of the Harper's Ferry mechanics
coming on to Jb ayettevuie, asked us yesterday it the
Pierce spoken of in connection with the Bethel fight, as
General Pierce, was Frank Pierce of New Hampshire.
Ex-President of ti e United States. On learning that he
was a very different man, he was much pleased. He
(the gentleman with whom we spoke) w$,s a northern
man a New England man at that but he could not
bear the idea that " Old Frank " should ioin Lincoln.
Neither could we. Daily Journal, 2lsf ir.st.
The Northern pirates on board vessels paid for
equally by the people of the South, many of them
Southern'citizeos ot Northern birth, are capturing our
vessels and threatening to hang our people. There are
now, in the hands of the Confederate troops a sufficient
number of northern troops to answer all demands. If
the thirty-six men of the privateer Savannah are to be
hung, let at least seventy-two of the enemy be hung at
once. Let there be na hesitation about that. Such
outrages must be stopped at once and at all hazards.
We see here to-day Col. Gatlin, or General Gatlin,
we are not certain which, but certainly Major Gatlin,
formerly of the U. S. Army. Mr. Gatlin is a native of
of North Carolina, graduated at West Point, with
Gen. Holmes, served with him in the Federal Army,
and, like his friend, has resigned from that Army and
offered his services to his native section. Need we add
that his offer was accepted ?
Mr. Gatlin is in charge of our coast defences, and
will probably, as usual with such officers, be ordered off
in week or two. If he were allowed to stay long
enough to know our people, and be known by them, no
doubt be would be liked and esteemed as he deserves,
and he would learn how much foundation there is for the
official declaration that the people of this section are all
Assistant Adjutant General Riddick is also here, as
we learn. We have not yet had the pleasure of seeing
him. Daily Journal,21st inst.
Thb Raleigh Standard sayathat the N. C. State
Convention, on Wednesday last, resolyed to adjourn on
Wednesday next at 7 o'clock, P. M., to meet again on
the third Monday in November next
It would appear to be one of the unfortunate condi
tions attaching to journalism at any seat of government,
that nothing can be judged of on its own merits, or re
ferred to apart from partizan considerations. No soon
er does one side say a thing is or ought to be right, than
the other inevitably says it is wrong. What peculiar
benefit the public interest is expected to derive from
such course might perhaps puzzle the wisest heads to
determine. It certainly goes far beyond our discrimi
nation. Now, without wishing to take part in any discussion
going on between the Standard and the State Journal
at Raleigh, we feel compelled to offer some few remarks,
fro n the fact that we every now and then see that the
Wilmington Journal is brought in, how, we hardly know
half the time. It certainly is. however, in connection
with our coast defences. It is plain that the State
Journal regards our honest expressions of concern as the
evidence of unfriendly feelings towards the authorities,
and indeed considers them as amounting to an attack
upon Governor Ellis. So we understand, do some promi
uent official gentlemen now in Kaleigh regards them as
unfriendly to them. To this it might be sufficient to say,
that it is hardly supposable that a personal and politi
cal friend of Gov. Ellis, who had always supported him
disinterestedly and in good faith, would, without cause,
select this as a time for the disnlav of unfriendliness.
Now, when Governor Ellis is prostrated, sinking under
exertions for which hi3 feeble strength is inadequate !
The thing is impossible. It carries the mark of absur
dity on its very face. If others regard our remarks as
attacks upon them, we cannot help their doing so. That
is not our fault. If they regard all these matters as
simply affecting individuals or their interests or ad
vancement, we do not. That is the difference between
our ways ot viewing things.
The Standard quotes our language to sustain an at
tack upgn the powers that be the State Journal replies,
J accepting the construction thus given, w e simply go
on. We are not military men, but we can count. In
this controversy, or whatever else it may be turned into
by others, we can only say tbi there are advantages on
the side of the paper that chahoges proof of any asser
tinn arith rpfvrpn to hp inftdrmiAr nf thp dpfenrps nf
any important point, for the simple reason that no pa
per having the interests of the community in view
would answer the question publicly. The object i3 not
to point out and advertise our weak or assailable points
to the world at lare, including the enemy. It is to
call the attention of the authorities to the subject.
It is no ground for dissatisfaction or the exhibition of
spleen on any side. We can survive any displeasure of
particular persons, and so can our immediate section.
We have done it before.
We repeat that we should be happy to know that all
the main approaches to the harbor of Wilmington were
secure. As we remarked before, we are not military
fmen, but we can count, we Know tne depth 01 water,
the number of guns and the number of men, and we can
form our own conclusions. It is true we may not be
attacked, but then again we may.
Before the death of Count Cavour, the European
world contained three men who represented, more than
all others its prevailing ideas. They were the men of
the time the actual, practical, authoritative men.-
These three men were Count Cavour, Louis Napoleon,
and Viscount Palmerston. In this country we would
probably call the latter persouage, the Hon. Mr. Temple
of Palmerston, County Sligo, Ireland, for he was simply
a memoer ot tne nouse ot uommons, and although a
Viscouut in the Peerage of Ireland, was uot a hereditary
legislator of Great Britain uot, in fact, a peer of the
These men were all simply politieans. Louis Napo
leon went to M agenta, to Solferino, and would have gone
farther, for he was and is brave as well as politic, but
he went there, not with the ardor of a soldier, but with
the policy of a statesmen. It was necessary that he
should go. He felt that necessity and he went, but he
did not go a foot farther than that necessity required ;
so with Cavour and Palmerston. Cavour was intensely
devoted to the unity of Italy. Palmerston was and we
suppose is intensely English. (Why is it that Irishmen
will make the most excited Englishmen, and sometime
T" - -vi o o i . i x i i-
c,-u uuw-u..ga aiuieraiou 8 miense Anglicism
nis aeierminaiion, rigni or wrong, to maintain the
honor of the Empire, has given him a power and posi
tion which no man has had in the English Government
since the death of Pitt. Cavour was for the unity of
Italy, and we have goodly reason to believe that the divi
sion, the disunity in this the great model country of free
institutions, did much to hasten the death of a statesman
who bad been referring to this country as an evidence
that even discordant -elements could work together un
der one government, where local and state rights were
Local and State Rights have hot been respected, and I
the present unfortunate state of affairs is the result.
What will be the result in Italy ? Does any man. who
knows the people, or the country suppose that the same
interests unite the peasants of Calabria or of Sicily, or
of any other portion of the Neapoliton Kingdom, as
would apply to the people of Upper Italy of Turin,
or Milan, or even of Veicna?
w. . ..... . ,
e imiih no intelligent man wno now iooks at the
positioy of Italian affairs can be very confident of a sat-
j- i. , . . u- x i
With I arnnr Hifa Ititliun ct-itnemunchin rt a stlaaa
htted to the present exigencies of the world. V ictor
Emmanuel is a mere soldier. Garibaldi is a capital
partizan leader, perbans a Marion, certainly not a Wash-
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,u8luu uul w ""uuut favours ueau
mey wm uoia iau, ana iau neavny. 1 ne neaa, me
brain is what they want it is what impresses itself
upon all operations of the kind. ' To the man who has
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j . y ..j
out tne pontic neaa oi uavour, v icwr Emmanuel
would have got himself into as big and as disastrous a
scrape as did his lather, Charles Albert. Italy could
at this time (the Kingdom of Italy, we mean) better
auuru iu iue an urmy, man iu luee ivv acuve aou scuem-
ing brain of Count Cavour.
Count Cavour was, as nearly as might be, the same
age with a remarkably able, ambitions, and energetic
American Statesman, Stephen A. Douglas. Both were
in their fortv-ninth Tear. StrHntrplv pnnnch ton the
humble writer, as we suppose all our friends familiarly
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know and have joked us about it, besides being short
aod somewhat chunkey, therein resembling Mr. Douglas,
would from the Dose up make as nearlv as Dossible a
luuuHiuati. ui iiauiai CKtvU Jl u uiOUi
I o " ' ""vv
ni.nun.t if ha nroninl m k
later course we opposed as strongly as we could and
whose reputation we could rival in no other way. Still
more strangely, Count Cavour, in his eyes and frontal
region was the nearest resemblance to Mr. Douglas
that possibly could be got. We have taken the
two pictures, and, covering the lower part of Cavour's
face, have asked to whom the forehead and eyes belong
ed, and been invariably answered, Stephen A. Douglas.
Count Cavour had a great deal of Mr. Douglas' practi
cal sense. In his politics there may, at first, and as an
initial motive, have been something like sentiment
Latterly he simply wished to accomplish certain ends,
and means were comparatively of little importance, un
less as means. In their use he was not very scrupulous.
Count Cavour is said to have been a Catholic, but, like
most statesmen, and men ot tne world, he was too neM
glectful of bis christian duties in any communion. What
the ambitious monarchy of Victor Emmanuel will do
now that it has lost its brains, is more than we can say.
TJbere must be war and confusion in Italy.
those of Chicago come out in advocacy of a Douglas
Fund. They want a fund tor the widow and children
of Mr. Douglas. Now Mr. Douglas' first wife was a
Miss Martin of North Carolina, and his children by her
are well provided for, in the section against which be
had nerved himself to fight. By his second wife he had
no children. Of course every body knows that she
married Senator Douglas. When Stephen A. Douglas
died, of course the Senator ceased, and Mr.
Douglas died leaving no family to be provi
ded for. All his children are provided for in the sec
tion, which he, in his ambition tried so much to injure.
All the fuss in Chicago aDd other portions of Illinois is
just so much humbug. Who is to get the stealing is
another question. M r. Douglas' family is well provided
for in the Confederate States.
Proceedings of the North Carolina State Convention.
Wednesday, June 12th, 1861.
The Convention was called to order by the President
at 10 o'clock. .
Prayer by Rev. T. E. Skinner, of the Baptist church.
Journal of yesterday read and confirmed.
Committee announced by tne rresiaent. uommuiee
a T7, 1 9 TJ1- -vF Wnlra
On Contingent Jiixpenses aieasia. juhuic, ui
Rayner and Smith, of Halifax.
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'i he Kresidt nt laia oeiore me vyuuveuuuu a wuimu-
nication from the Comptroller ot runnc Accounts, in
resDOnse to a resoiuiion 01 iue vuuvcuuuu imug uu
that officer for information relative to public taxes,
which, being read, was on motion ot Mr. uranam, re
ferred to the committee on finance.
Mr. Smith, of Johnston, introduced the following or
dinance, which was read and ordered to be printed :
I The ordinance will be published it passed. I
Mr. Arrimrtcn moved to take up for consideration,
the resolution introduced by himself on yesterday to in
crease the pay of privates in volunteer companies, &c,
which was agreed to.
Mr. Osborne remarked that he did not object to rais
ing the pay, as proposed in the resoiutwiL but the
Confederate liovernraent has nxeu tne amount ana win
of course have to pay it.
Mr. Arrmtton said he was aware that tne Loniede-
rate Government paid only Si 1 per month to privates,
but the State ought to pay the balance.
Mr. Spruill, of Bertie, was m favor or increasing the
pay of privates and decreasing that of the Officers.
I 1 r. -1 1 . , ..A.t ,tn i . f 41,n .ooA lit lAn t r
ilr. DlIKs U1UVCU utc iciciguvo ui iuc irauiuuuu iu
the committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. Satterthwaite, to amend, "and that they be in
structed to enquire what increase and decrease should
be made. The motion, a3 amended, prevailed.
Mr. Badger moved to take up for consideration, the
resolution introduced by himself concerning the incom
patibility of a seat in the Confederate Congress and a
seat in this Convention. Agreed to.
The same being read and the question recurring upon
its passage, the yeas and nays were demanded by Mr.
Badger, and resulted yeas 93, nays 18.
Mr. Pettiirew moved to take up his resolution call
ing on tne txovernor lor inrormaiion, relative 10 me
number of V olunteer companies received, and the or
ganization of the militia, &c. Agreed to. Read and
Mr. Ashe s ordinance concerning tLe right ot this
State to secede from the Confederate Government, &c,
was taken from the Calendar.
Mr. Satterthwaite moved that it be laid upon the
Mr. Ashe demanded the yeas, and nays. Resulted
yeas 55, nays 55. A majority not voting for the mo
tion, it was lost.
Mr. FerebFe rose to a point of order, and read the
following (22d) rule of the Coavention :
" Atler a proposition or ordinance has been once re
jected, or postponed indefinitely, another of like provis-
ons shall not be introduced during the session of this
He was therefore of the opinion that the considera
tion of the ordinance now before the Convention would
be out of order, as other propositions of similar provisions
had been offered and rejected.
I he Chair decided the ordinance to be in order.
The question recurring upon its passage, Mr. Ashe
demanded the yeas and nays. Pending vote, Mr. Headen
called for the special order for 11 o'clock, being the
ordinance concerning tne " expediency and necessity" of
the General Assembly convening on the 25th inst.
Mr. Batchelor moved to postpone the special order
for half an hour.
Mr. Badger demanded the yeas and nays. Motion to
postpone not agreed to Yeas 34, nays 76.
1 he special order taken up : each of the ordinances
A telegram concerning the battle at " Bethel Church"
in V lrinuia, similar to the one received and read on
yesterday, was read, which elicited prolonged applause
in the Hall,
The consideration of the special order was resumed.
1 Mr. Battle, of Wake, spoke at length in opposition
to the ordinaDCe reported by the majority, and advoca-
ted the passage of the ordinance of the minority
Mr. Biegs, to strike out all after llesolved, and in3ert
the resolution of the General Assembly adjourning the
special s ssion thereof, until the 25th itst., be and the
same is hereby repealed, and the said General Assembly
shall meet in rt gular session at such time, after the 20th
of July, as may be appointed by the Gpvernor, of which
ne snau raaKe proclamation
Mr. Howard moved that the further consideration of
the subject be postponed and made the special order for
baturday next, at 11 o clock. .Not agreed to.
The hour of 12 o'clock arrived, being the time set
apart for the eiection of delegates to the Confederate
Mr. Meares raised the point of order, that as the
election of delegates was ordered to be proceeded with,
at 1 1 o clock, through a resolution, it should take pre
cedence over the subject now under consideration.
The Chair decided the subject now under considera
tion to take precedence over the special order for 12
The discussion on the matter before the Convention
was resumed and continued to the hour for recess.
The Convention resumed the consideration of the un-
finished business of the morning, being the ordinances
rerorted by the majority and minority portions of the
committee, upon tne propriety ot dissolving the present
Mr. Badger concluded his remaiks. He was in favor
of abolishing the present Legislature, electing a new one
?n th.e 1st Thursday in August next, and limiting its
duration to the last day ot August, 1862.
Mr Graham assumed a similar position to that of
Mr. Ruffin was in favor of abolishing the present
g's'ature only because of its constitutional inability
1 vi cict oeiiaiuia iu iue vouieiiera,ie vuueress. as tne
Constitution of the Confederate Government expressly
dpc arps that. Kpnatm-a Bko i k0 pWtAr .t tv,D y.orrr.ar
I u mv,u ui iu ivuiai
session, next immediately preceding their commencement
".c lcluf iSCIY,uc- sieu maime oniy aiierna-
t p representee n me nrsi session
I Or the (Jonrederatfi ( Ymrrrps nr an nltpr the ilnnetitn.
tion as to provide tor annual sessions of the Genera
.JSJZ.VZr10 J,aid Jf
I the Uonvention a mpRsaorp from TTia Tv.tv llontr tYia
Governor, enclosing: an official account of the late battle
at Bethel Church, in Virginia, from Col. Hill, which
I W&S read.
JfjSjP ?! Badger ordered that the President
be requested to present to His Excellency the sincere
and heartv thanks of thia fWpntinn fnr t,; m
and the highly gratifying dispatch of Col. Hill, and to
ore him ot the readiness with which this Convention
I nm vu-vumm, nnu U1U1 IU UUCUUE Buy ICBLlUlUUiilJH O
I Will f(VlfU Tilfo mith Him in tf-.ff.-i..;.. .: "l-
1 1 in 1 , . - .
hnnnr OnH m otcrnl anlrnAnt oH.mnn(i. 1W.1 11 a.
uvuv. uuw f,iaiviui avauunnuguicuia hj uiat galiauli
commander and the officers and men under his command
which His Excellency may be pleased to recommend.
On motion of Mr. Biggs, twenty-fiye copies of above
message and letter were ordered to be printed for each
On motion of Mr. ftuffin, it was unanimously agreed
thU when this Convention adjourns this day, it adjourn
to meet again on Friday next.
Mr. Spruill, of Bertie, moved that a committee of three
be appointed to make preparation for the illumination
ot the Capital on Friday night next, in honor of the late
vicrory achieved by our troops in Virginia.
The motion prevailed, and Mpssrs. Snmill nf T?r;0
Kayner and Barnes, were appointed as said committee.
On motion of Mr. Mosely, ordered that the message
i Mucrutir, aDa letter or uoi. mil, be spread upon
the Journal of the Convention.
On motion of Mr. Green, the Convention adjourned
Until KmHav ninminn 1 A Ai1..u
; n Fjudat, JuneUth, 1861.
io cclocir8 ConventiOQ to "ler i
Journal of Wednesday read and confirmed.
Strangely enough the Illinois papers,
The President laid before tne uonyeuuoo me ioi-
lowing letter iroia r resiueu & jjavia, " " "'"o
was, on mouon oi mr. xveiu, oruercu iu t" "r"1
the Journals and placed on the table.
Richmond, J une inn, xoui.
Hon. Weldon N. Edwares,
President of the Convention of north. Carolina.
Sir: I have received through His Excellency, John
W. Ellis, Governor of North Carolina, a copy of an
ordinance passed by the convention of North Carolina
vesting in the Confederate States of America, jurisdic
tion over certain tracts of land in the town of Fayette
ville and county of Cumberland, looking hopefully for
ward to the day when in arms and all things necessary
to maintain our rights, we may be independent.
I am very respectfully and truly yours,
Mr. Ruffin moved the appoiotmentof a committee to
whom shall be referred' the letter of President Davis, to
onnniw. intnthfi nronrietvof ceding: the Forts, Arsenal
and ther public property belonging to the State to the
RafJBn, Graham, Rayner, Gorrell and Shaw appointed
as said Commttee.
'Mr. Strong, from the Committee on enrollment, re
ported br.ck an ordinance touching the authentication
nf nrrfinnnces and other acts of the Conventioa, stating
that it had been properly enrolled; whereupon the Presi
dent affixed his signature thereto in the presence of the
Mr. Battle, of-Wake, introduced a resolution to ap
point n. committee toenauire into the propriety of pass
inor an ordinance allowing Elizabeth Chavers and her
infant, child, of Wake county, to become the slaves of
Tr. R. F. Graham of said county.
Mr. Miller, a resolution to the effect that no Delegate
shall speak more than thirty minutes on any one subject
except by unanimous consent oi me uunveuuuu.
Said resolutions laid over one day under the rule.
Mr. Smith, of Halifax, moved to consider the motion
made a few days since to recons der the vote by .which
was passed on Friday the 7th inst., tne prainance con
re-miner the defence of the Sea coast. Agreed to.
Mr. Fuller moved to make his motion to reconsider
thei snecial order for 11 o'clock oa Tuesday next.
Messrs. Smith, of Halifax, Speed, and badger spoke
in opposition to the motion to postpone, as it was high-
ly important that this subject Should oe nnany disposed
of to day.
Mr. Badarer moved that the motion to reconsider be
laid upon the table.
Mr. Srjeed demanded the yeas and nays. The mo
tion did not prevail. Yea3 48; Nays 55.
Mr. Fuller now withdrew his motion to postpone,
and the question recurring upon the motion to reconsid
er, it was decided in the affirmative. Yeas 55; Nays
48. Yeas and nays being ordered by Mr. Barnes.
Mr. Satterthwaite said,
Mr. President, I am very much obliged to my friend
from Northampton for his courtesy in yielding the floor
to afford me an opportunity of explaining what may
seem to be a very inconsistent course upon this ordi
nance. On the original passage of the ordinance, I vo
ted for it. I confess I did so, Mr. President, not so much
from a conviction of its importance and necessity, as
frcm a desire to co-operate with my friends in all iiaes
tions where my judgment does not condemn their policy.
But, Mr. President, I ara one of those who believe that
it is the duty of the representative to represent the will
and reflect the wishes of his constituents upon questions
of legislation, whenever he can do so without any vio
lation of his own conscience, ond especially so when his
own mind is in doubt as to the propriety4 the meas
ure. Since the passage of this ordinance and ita publi
cation among the people of my county, they have fur
nished me wiih what I consider unmistakable evidence
of their opposition to it. Whether their present opinion
is the result of wise reflection, or hasty and inconsider
ate, 1 shall not stop to enquire, but shall feel bound now
to vote against the ordinance, without entering into any
rotracted discussion as to the merits or demerits of the
l'he hour of 12 o'clock arrived and the unfinished
business of yesterday, being the ordinances concerning
the re-assembling of the Legislature, was announced.
Mr. Barnes moved the postponement thereof, for the
purpose of continuing the consideration of the matter
tow btlore the Convention.
A discussion ensu d upon the general merivs of the
Ordinance, and wa3 continu d to the hour for recess.
Mr. Spruill, of Ben ie, from the committee to make
preparation tor the illumination of the Capitol to-night,
reported that it was inconvenient for it to be don3 to
night, and recommended the postponement of the mat
ter lor the present. Laid over until to-morrow.
1 he Convention resumed the consideration of the un-
lit .I i .a. -
nmshca Dusmess ot the morning, being the ordinance
concerning the defence of the Sea Coast. The pending
question was upon the motion of Mr. Barnes, to post
pone the special order until the consideration of the
ordinance now under discussion is disposed of. 4
A very protracted discussion was had upon the gen
eral merits of the ordinance in which several gentlemen
participated, and which assumed quite a latitudinous
range, but the reporter refrains from giving publicity to
it, with the sauction of the Editors of the Register.
The question was now put upon the motion of Mr.
Barnes to postpone the special ortlt-r, and decided in the
The question then recurring upon the passage of the
ordinance. (Mr. Barnes tlemanding the yeas and nays,)
it was decidt d in the negative Yeas 50. navs 53.
Those who voted in the affirmative are,
Messrs. Allison, Arnifie'd, ArriDgton, Badcrer. Barnes.
Battle, of VVdke, Berry, Bond, Brodnax, Brown. Callowav.
Cannon, Christian, Davidson, Dick, Dillard, Douthitt, Eller,
iuii9on, rereoee, r t ster, ot Alie. Foster, ot KandolDb. Fov.
Gilm- r, Gorrell, Graham, Green, Fleaden, Holden, Jones, of
oaiaweii, jvutreii, Leak, ot Anson, Long, Mann, Meares,
Mitchell, Myers, retticrew, baaders, niith ef Halifax.
Smith of Johnson, Smith of Macon, Speed, Spruill, o! Bertie,
Spruill, of Tyrell, Thomas, of Carteret, Walton, Ward, War
ren, v 11SOI1.
1 hose who voted in the negative are,
Mr. President, Messrs. Ashe, Batchelor, Battle, of Edge
combe, BigB. Bunting, Carson, Councill, Craige, Cunniog-
ham, Darden, JJarbam, Greenlee, Grimes, Hargrove, Hearne,
Heukel, Hicks, Holmes, Houston, ot Union. Howard. John
ston, of Gaston, Jones, of Rowan, Joyce, Lander, Leake, of
Kicnmond, Mcuowell, ot Bladen, McDowell, of Burke, Mc-
I'uwen, oi niauison, modern, or uumDenand, fticweill, oi
11 . c lr . j : it . . - i . . . . ..... ...
uarnett, miner, Mosely, fenland. Fhiler. Keid. Rhodes.
Rovster, Ruffin, Satterthwaite, Shaw, Sutherland. Snrouee.
Stewart, Strong, Thomas, of Jackson, Thompson, Thornton,
Tracy, Turner, Venable, Williams, Williamson, Woodfin,
On motion of Mr. Badger, the Convention at 25
minutes to 7 o'clock adjourned.
Saturday, June 15th, 1861.
The President called the Convention to order at 10
The Journal of yesterday read and approved.
Mr. Venable, from the committee on Military Affairs
submitted a report on the militia law, recommending
amendments thereto. Laid on the table, and ordered to
This ordinance will appear hereafter.!
Mr. Ruffin, from the committee to whom was referred
certain resolutions concerning taxation and the revenue,
presented the following report, which was read, ordered
to be printed, and on motion of Mr. Graham, made the
special order for 11 o clock on Tuesday next:
Mr. Sanders introduced the following ordinance
woicn being read, was ordered to be printed :
This ordinance willl be published if passed.1
Mr. Howard, from the committee on Military Affairs
to whom was referred the resolution to increase the mv
of privates, reported that it was a matter peculiarly be-
longing to tne t;onteaerate government, and therefore
asked to be discharged . from its further consideration
Laid over under the rule.
Mr. Woodhu, from the committee on finance, to
whom was referred the resolution instructing them to
enquire into the expediency of modifying or repealing
the resolution of the late session of the General Assembly
authorizing the issue of Treasury Notes, reported the
same uacn io me convention, and asked to be discharged
uuui ius junuer consiueration. report laid on the table
uue uay uuuer me rules.
Mr. Rayner stated that all of the committee did no
agree, and would on Monday next submit a minority
report on this subject.
Mr. Rayner, from the committee on finance, to whom
was reierred the resolution ennnprninrr th claims o
Sheriffs for holding the election for delegates to this
couveniion, reported an ordinance providing for the
ro-.mnn it LSI :CC- . 1 . . V
pujuicubui ouenus me same as lor holding otner elec
tions. Laid over under the rules.
Mr. Rayner, from the same committee, to whom was
reierrea the letter of, the Comptroller of State, in re
spone to a resolution, calling -iiDon that officer for ab
tistical information corncerning the public taxes, report
ed back the original resolution with an additional one,
authorizing the Comptroller to employ such addition
al ciencai iorce as may oe necessary to enable mm to
comply with the requisitions in the resolution. The
rules were suspended and the resolution passed its seve
ral readings as amended.
Mr. Ashe presented the proceedings of a public meet
ing neia in tne Town ot Wilminffton, on tne rzxix mst,
also proceedings of the committee of safety of that Town
in regard to the propriety of permitting persona who
have heretofore resided there but have resently gone to
the "enemy's country," to return. mZTT"
of the citizens. ' "-oy atjtw,.
Mr. Ashe stated the reasons whinK
tion on the part of the citizens of Vii"pted lhe &c
papers were read and referred to a comSf0"- Ike
air. noward introduced a resolution VT n'e.
Public Treasurer to pay L. iR tt.
ces as Clerk to Military Committee d ,or 6ervi-
mouon or Mr. Howard, the ml
and the resolution passed its severa x ad!n?aSa9D,H
The hour of 12 o'clock arrived and th lt ,
nounced the unfinished business of vea'er, v ' nt an
majority and minority reports of the 'commit lh
cerning the propriety of the Lfklah, "11Ute. coc
the 25th inst. 1 Wre assembling 0a .
m Mr. Headen addressed the convention
in favor of either report. He anrued
gued that the next
w i n-gioiciuie wuuiu ue a renil'ir
existence continues two years after elated
may adj :urn from dav to da v. iipti.i
one, as it3
who were not in favor of referring the Con.t w floor
the Confederate States to the people, because if t.0a of
sence of thousands from the ste are ow V
abolishing the legislature and letting the pcopl JL?
Mr. H. was m favor of an ordinance to aki , ?'
Legislature in the latter part of November next 6
Mr. Howard sa,d that Wednesday last, he 6ta),,
that he was m doubt about the legal questions invfi
m the propositions now under discussion, hut ind !
time he had arrived at a conclusion satibfactory to
The delegate from Wake proposes a General APm
bly for one year, a session to be held on the 3J xZ ,
of November next, and contends that the co-in. i, I 7
of the time of meeting with the time established for t?
meeting of the biennial session of the General s-emi '
constitutes the regularity desired. The deleae ml
Alamance snva Hip rtaltrratn i
J " Mv.jju "UlU M UOC LS ll'Tit, flS
, M uv..Ka7 u, ameuu U)C cont'd.
tution, and provide for annual session to make the rem
larity of the time perfect. He could not ast t0 th,
proposition of either ; time was not of the wsce nf
the rule, and when tested, the rule would be found K
The Constitution simply provides for hienn;al so
sions, leaving the time unfixed. The Genera! AuT
bly appointed the 3d Monday of November, in e icii nl
ternate year, for the meeting of these biennial seionc
This, however, may be repealed. Suppose the ten ral
Assembly should appoint the 3d Monday of December
for one of these sessions, leaving the other according to
the general law, would it not be a regular sessiouU.
Suppose the general law should be repealed, and ta
session should provide for the meeting ot the next bi.
uial session., would not the session thus culkd be re'a!
lar ? Suppose the Constitution should require each (jeu
eral Assembly to provide for the election and time of
meeting of its successor, would not each session thus
called be regular? lie supposed that every aUate
would answer affirmatively, to each of thesj que;,
tions. If so, the time of the meeting of a session
could not be the criterion of its regularity. What then
would be the rule ? He thought it clear, every session
(as all those mentioned were) recognized by the Consti
tution or Supreme Law of the State was regular ; eve
ry session caiieu by me temporary or secou Jury authori
ties oi tne btate, was special or irregular. ' 1 n 1 3 rale
was sanctioned by the Legislative it-cords : the hi r,.,;.
al sessions were recognized as regular, those ca!Vj 07
the Governor as special or irregular. - But it m ht h
said that this i9 true of the Constitution but not .f an
ordinauce. What is the Constitution but an onLi.uw
of the Convention ? Cannot an ordinance create, urn'.
f'y, or abrogate any provision of the Constitution ?-
And although temporary in its effect, is not tw.
ry ordinance of as high authority a3 the Constitution?
Certainly the propositions ot the delegates from 'a!n
and Alamance, recognize them as of equal authority, lor
urely the distinguished delegate from Alamance ugjU
not contend that the mere co-incidence ol time ol ti f
session of the General Assemby proposed by tliedifeu!
ioin vv ake, and the session under his amendment to
the Constitution, could constitute regularity u! tiav,
unless both met by the same or equal authority. In
deed, if they are not of a piece, then not only is "the s s-
irregular, but this General Assembly is cial.
air. 11. therefore thought it clear tt-at every b-on
recoguized by the Supreme law of ti e State was n-u-
ar, and that the Supreme law was the Constitution of
the State, when no Convention wu3 in session, ami the
ordinances of the Convention when in session ; ami that
any session of the existing or any General Assembly
convened by this Convention would be regular.
Mr. 11. further said, that this construction accorded
with the purpose of the provision in the Confcderatc
Constitution,. to prevent those temporarily in authority
rom thwarting the sovereign will as embodied 111 the
organic or Supreme law of the State.
lie therefore held that the mere fact that the session
convened by the authority of this Convention would
make it regular, whether called so or not, and show 'd it
be convened on the same day appointed by the snecial
session, it certainly could act by virtue ot the higher
authority, by which it was endorsed.
Mr. 11. could not assent to the proposit ion of gentle
men, that the Congress ot the Confederate States, in
deciding this question, could override the supreme law
of the State. It was true that the Congress would he
the tribunal, but in deciding upon the existence o; valid
ity of a State authority, the only question would be, is
it recogoiV-d a3 such by the supreme law of the State.
rso other power could or should determine for its, lo
shall be our State authorities, executive, legislative or
judicial, so long as we retain any portion ot oar sov
Mr. Leake, of Richmond, replied to Mr. Howard -
fie differed from that ceutleman, as to its bein" purs-iy
a legal question, but thought it one of common s
lie entertained the same views 03 those exuns-edK
the delegate from Alamance (Mr. Ruffia.) in relation to
altering the Constitution, so as to provide lor niinual
sessions. Ce opposed the dissolution of the Legislature,
and did not feel bound by his constituents to vote U:
the proposition to abolish it. He thought it would be
the means of raising old party lines, which had long
since been buried. Mr. L. spoke at length in opposi
tion to the ordinance reported by the majority.
Mr. Bigg3 stated that the man question was upon
abolishing the Legislature, as propose-d by the mio'Tity
of the committee, and withdrew his amendment in
order to get a direct vote on this question. He then
moved to amend the minority report, by striking out ue
first section which provides for the dissolution of the
Mr. liumn said there was no cause for the dissiuaoc
of the Legislature, because it was elected by the p-op'--
and bethought it would be impolitic to setusiu?"--
choice of the people. All objection may be remov.d
by so altering the Constitution as to provide lor anmw'
sessions, and making the session of this summer the
first of a series of annual sessions.
Mr. Battle, of Wake, explained that in liw rcwM
on this subject on a previous occasion, he had not in
tended to convey the idea that the present General As
sembly ought to be dissolved, cm account of it3 had
gislation, but because of ita inability to elect Senators
to uongress. . ,
Mr. Graham said he" was in favor of a V.ew
ture being elected, not from any disrepect to the ouc
now in existence but on account of the necessity of t.e
case. . , ,
Mr. Long spoke in favor of the dissolution ol U
present Legislature and the election of a ne w o' .
Mr. Reid again spoke in advocacy of the maj1"";
Mr. Rayner addressed the Convention in oppoa
to General Assembly convening on the' 25th 'r's
Mr. Meares obtained the floor and proceeded to ,
to a portion of Mr. Rayner's remarks, but pem;m?
marks the hour for recess arrived, and the Conveiu- "
took a recess until 4 o'clock this afternoon.
AFTERNOON SESSION. f
The Convention met and no quorum being pre-"j
On motion of Mr. Badger, the Convention ud;juru
until 10 o'clock on Mondiy.
Arrival of I !i Africa.
New Yortt. June 20. The steam shin AfnA,
Shannon, from Liverpool, has arrived with advice -the
8th inst. . p
.Liverpool Cotton Market, Jane 8.' The sales uw
were 80U0 bales, of wich speculators and exporters
London Moneu Market. Consols
closed ai .
89 for money, and 90 a 90 for account
Liverpool General Market. Provisions dull,
shifts dull at Fridav's decline.
Havre Cotton Market. Tres ordinaire
lLOf. and bas at 104f. The market is farm.
The stock on c-
of the week foot up 11,060 bales,
is 328,000 bales.
General Intelligence. The Syrian qoesuou
settled. Syria is to be governed by the Christians,
two sub Governors ot Druises and Maronitcs.
The Queen's counsel has decided that the for"1 j
of armed vessels bringing prizes into nnusu
violation of the law of nations
Jllr. Gregory, in the House of Commons
to urgent appeals, and postponed his motion to rew
the Southern Confederacy.
. Garibaldi and the Fope are eick.