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Senate. Saturday Dec. 14, 1861. The Senate was called to order at 12 o'clock No chaplain present. Small notes. On motion of Mr. Christian, of Augusta, Resolved, That the Committee on Banks inquire into the expediency of issuing treasury notes of a denomination less that five dollars, and receivable in payment of taxes, to supply the necessity for a sound small note currency. Negro convicts. On motion of Mr. Johnson, Resolved, That the Committee on Finance and Claims inquire into the expediency of paying to E. J. Backeralter and W. H. Pate, jailors of Bedford, the amount of their respective claims for imprisoning and keeping certain negro convicts hired on public works, who escaped and were apprehended as runaways and confined in the Bedford jail. The Charleston sufferers. Mr. Thompson of Dinwiddie offered the following resolutions, which were adopted: "Resolved, That the Senate tender their sincere sympathy to the suffering citizens