The Senate Postpones the Matter until Monday.
January 15, 1870
The official admission of Virginia will be held over until Monday.
The interest in Virginia matters was centred in the proceedings of the House to-day, where it was known a vote was to be taken upon the Reconstruction Committee's bill and Mr. Bingham's substitute. The apparent equal division of the House upon the Committee's bill heightened the solicitude, which grew to excitement as the time approached for taking the vote. Mean time the diversion was enhanced by a parliamentary passage-at-arms between Messrs. Wood, of New York, and Farnsworth, of Illinois-the former charging the latter with bad faith to the committee in failing to support their bill, which Farnsworth (as chairman) had been instructed to report. This charge aroused Mr. Farnsworth, who explained his position, showing that he was not necessarily bound to support a bill because his committee had instructed him to report it to the House. He then animadverted upon the conduct of the member from North Carolina (Mr. Whittemore) for introducing to the House the memorial of what he termed disappointed office-seekers, mentioned yesterday, and which Mr. Farnsworth characterized as that lying, absurd paper. He proceeded to defend Governor Walker from the charge of attempting to release rebel prisoners, etc., and denounced it as a libel-a gross libel-a damnable libel-upon Governor Walker. Mr. Farnsworth was very severe upon Porter, the member elect from Richmond, whose trial for treasonable and seditious actions lie set forth, showing that Porter had been tried and found guilty during the war and sentenced to imprisonment and to wear a ball and chain, and that his sentence was approved by General Butler. Mr. Farnsworth paid a high compliment to a colored member of the Virginia Legislature who had advocated the abolishment of test-oaths, &c., and concluded by saying that he would much rather be guided by the wisdom of that colored man than the opinions and advice of the man who wore a ball and chain. The time for taking the vote upon the various amendments arrived, and the House proceeded, amid excitement and intense interest manifested upon the floor and in the galleries. The several amendments being disposed of, the question was upon the passage of Bingham's substitute, being a simple preamble and resolution admitting Virginia to representation unconditionally. The result was a majority of three in favor of the substitute, the vote being 98 to 95. The question was then taken upon the passage of the bill, which resulted in a vote of 142 for and 49 against. Upon the announcement of the vote, there was general applause throughout the hall. House then adjourned. The Senate has a night session to conclude the discussion on this subject and take a vote. It is quite certain that that body will pass the hill reported by its Judiciary Committee, which is substantially the same as that of the House; and if House clerk should this evening deliver to the Senate the bill passed afternoon there is no doubt the Senate will adopt and pass it, the President will sign the bill, and Virginia's senators and representatives will take their seats on Monday, and that State thus take her place again in the family of States.
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