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The Daily Dispatch: December 16, 1861., [Electronic resource], The orders for the arrest of Mason and Slidell. (search)
The House met at 12 M. Prayer by Rev. W. W. Bennett. Mr. Barbour, of Culpeper, offered a resolution, which was adopted, that the Committee of Finance be instructed to tender relief to the suffers by the conflagration in Charleston. The bill on the extortion in the article of salt was ordered on its second reading. On motion, it was Resolved, That cities and towns be reimbursed (from the State Treasury) for equipping volunteers. The following resolution, offered by Mr. Payne, was adopted: Resolved, That the Committee on Courts of Justice be instructed to inquire into the expediency of so amending the usury laws of this State that, in contracts hereafter entered into for the lending of money, the borrower may obligate himself so pay such taxes as the State of Virginia may levy on said money. Mr. Baskerville offered a resolution to continue in force the present stay law sixty instead of thirty days from the meeting of the General Assembly, which was