Forty-Ninth Day of the Convention
Mr. Harvie presents resolutions of a meeting in Nottoway County, desiring immediate secession. Mr. Willey's resolutions on taxation are taken up once more, and Mr. Hall comments. The fourteenth resolution of the Committee on Federal Relations comes up again; various delegates speak on the resolution and several proposed amendments. Discussion returns to Mr. Willey's resolutions on taxation. Mr. Wickham addresses the Convention on taxation of slaves, and declares the prevailing system is not unjust to the West. It is resolved to refer Mr. Willey's taxation proposals to a committee.
FORTY-NINTH DAY Thursday, April 11

The Convention met at 10 o'clock, A.M.

Prayer by the Rev. Mr. BOSSERMAN.


Is it in order now to present the proceedings of a meeting held in a county that I represent?


The gentleman can do so by general consent.


Does the gentleman rise to a privileged question?


I rise to ask to present the proceedings of a meeting which the gentleman himself asked leave to do a short time ago.

I now beg leave to present the proceedings of a meeting held in the county of Nottoway. It was a very large meeting, and the resolutions, which I shall read, were adopted with but one dissenting voice.


At a meeting held at Nottoway Court House on the 4th April, 1861, that being Court day, on motion of John E. Jones, Esq., Richard Irby was chosen Chairman, and W. R. Carter Secretary. The object of the meeting being to express their opinion of the action of the State Convention, on motion a committee of two was selected from each Magisterial District to draft resolutions; whereupon the Chairman appointed John E. Jones, F. W. Epes, M. W. Robertson, W. G. Dickinson, R. Connalley, J. M. Hust,This name should perhaps be J. M. Hunt, like that of the delegate from the 3d District under the eighth resolution, below. Col. J. H. Epes and L. A. Hawkes. During the absence of the committee, J. H. Campbell, being called for, came forward and delivered an able and telling speech, advocating immediate secession. Capt. S. Weisiger, of Amelia, a Union candidate for the Convention, in the late election, also spoke in favor of secession, alleging that the failure of the Peace Conference had cured him of all his former Union proclivities. The committee then reported the following resolutions, which were adopted with only one dissenting voice :

Whereas, The dilatory proceedings of the Convention, now sitting in Richmond, demand from the people of Nottoway, as well as of the whole State, a firm and decided expression of opinion in the present political crisis; therefore be it

1. Resolved, That the course of our representative in said Convention, L. E. HARVIE, meets with our hearty approval.

2. That, in the opinion of this meeting, the Convention, should immediately pass an ordinance of secession.

3. That we are opposed to any proposition looking to delay, and