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Mr. Watson, of Mississippi, providing for the exemption of slaves in localities to be indicated by the Governors of States, the bill was passed. Mr. Henry's joint resolutions defining the position of the Confederate States, and declaring the determination of the Congress and the people thereof to-prosecute the war till their independence is acknowledged, with a verbal amendment by the Committee on Foreign Relations, was considered and passed unanimously. The Senate resolved into secret session and soon after adjourned. House of Representatives. Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Jeter. The morning hour was consumed in the discussion of the bill confiscating the property of those who have left the Confederacy to avoid military service. A bill, reported by Mr. Burnett, of the Committee on Pay and Mileage, increasing the pay of members of Congress fifty per cent, was passed. Ayes, 45; nays, 41. [The present salary of Congressmen is $3,000 per annum.] Adjourned.
es they have authorized railroad, express and other companies to charge; inquiring into the expediency of the proposition in the Governor's message for a loan of the gold of the banks to the Commonwealth for the purchase of Confederate currency. A bill was introduced by Mr. Marshall authorizing certain Georgia merchants to establish branch banks in this city. On motion of Mr. Wiley the Senate adjourned. House of Delegates. The House met at noon. Opened with prayer by the Rev. Dr. Jeter. A bill was reported from the Military Committee disbanding the First regiment of local militia, of the second class, organized for State defence. A communication was received from Colonel Henry Hill, paymaster of Virginia forces, transmitting a list of soldiers whose claims are ready for payment, but whose address are unknown to the paymaster. The list was read and laid upon the table. A large number of resolutions of expediency were introduced, among them one inquirin