Convention of 1861, General Records, Box 6
Archival Collections, The Library of Virginia
[Doc. No. 27.]
The Committee on Elections, to whom was referred the resolution in the following words, to wit:
"Resolved, That the Committee of Elections inquire and make report to this Convention of the number and names of members whose seats are vacant, the cause or causes of such vacancies, and of the action which it may be proper for this body to take in relation to said vacancies and to the several absentees. The said committee is authorized to send for persons and papers, and to report by resolution or otherwise," beg leave to report that they entered upon the performance of the duties imposed upon them, and considered the evidence adduced before them, and come to the following conclusions and resolutions, to wit:
First, as to the members of the Convention who are absent:
Caleb Boggess, George W. Brent, Sherrard Clemens, John A. Campbell, John Echols, Samuel Garland, Samuel L. Graham, Robert E. Grant, Algernon S. Gray, James W. Hoge, Robert C. Kent, James Lawson, James Marshall, Thomas Maslin, Spicer Patrick, Edmund Pendleton, Burwell Spurlock, Franklin P. Turner, and Benjamin Wilson. These members have not as yet attended the Convention during its present session. Some of them are in the field serving the State, some detained on account of sickness, and others absent from causes unknown to the committee. The committee have not been able to ascertain that any of these members are absent from their seats by reason of disloyalty to Virginia or sympathy with her enemy.
Secondly: Resolutions of Committee as to certain other absent members.
It appearing to the satisfaction of the committee that William G. Brown, James Burley, John S. Burdett, John S. Carlile, Marshall M. Dent, Ephraim B. Hall, Chester D. Hubbard, John J. Jackson, James C. McGrew, George McC. Porter, Chapman J. Stuart, Campbell Tarr, and Waitman T. Willey, elected members of this Convention, have been engaged in conspiracy against the integrity of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and are now engaged in aiding and abetting the open enemies of Virginia: Therefore,
Resolved, That the said William G. Brown, James Burley, John S. Burdett, John S. Carlile, Marshall M. Dent, Ephraim B. Hall, Chester D. Hubbard, John J. Jackson, James C. McGrew, George McC. Porter, Chapman J. Stuart, Campbell Tarr, and Waitman T. Willey, be, and are hereby, expelled from this Convention, and that their seats as members of the Convention be, and are hereby, declared vacant; and, it appearing that certain of the parties last above named are seeking to obtain pay for that period of time elapsing between the dates when the said persons left the Convention and the day when the Convention adjourned--
Resolved, That the Clerk of the Convention be, and is hereby, directed not to grant certificates for said pay.
The committee further report that James H. Couch, of the county of Marion, has resigned his seat, and an election to fill the vacancy been had, but official information has not been received as to who has been elected. George W. Summers, one of the delegates from Kanawha, also resigned, and an election has been had to fill the vacancy, but official information has not been received as to who is elected. John Q. Marr, one of the delegates from the county of Fauquier, was killed in battle at Fairfax Court-House, and his seat is vacant. All of which is respectfully submitted.
Chairman of Committee on Elections