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re an address to the country was concurred in. On motion of Mr. Sparrow, the Senate resolved into secret session. The House met at 11 o'clock, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Edwards. The Chair laid before the House a series of resolutions adopted by the Legislature of Georgia reaffirming the determination of the State to continue the prosecution of the war to a successful termination; which were appropriately referred. Mr. Atkins, of Tenn., offered a resolution tendering the courtesies of the House to Major-Gen. John C. Breckinridge during his temporary stay in this city; which was unanimously adopted. The House then took up the unfinished business of Friday--the bill repealing existing, and regulating future, exemptions. The question was upon the motion of Mr. Staples, of Va., to recommit the bill to the Military Committee. The motion prevailed and the bill was recommitted. On motion of Mr. Jones, of Tenn., the House went into secret session.
thousand persons would be found necessary to carry out its provisions, and the power and patronage, bribery and corruption, thereby created, would exceed imagination. The subject was handled with consummate power the other day in the House by Mr. Staples, who made it plainly appear that there was no need of any such law.--"The great abuses of the times," said he, "grow not out of the exemption act, but out of the system of details allowed by the Government. Here is the mischief, and here thetive discretion, and a legislative obligation. Congress, by the Constitution, declares war; Congress raises armies; Congress determines who is to go into the army and who is not, and Congress is responsible to its constituents for the proper exercise of this great trust. We certainly hold with Mr. Staples that the whole subject is legislative, not executive, and that to surrender it into the hands of the Executive, as the bill of Mr. Miles proposes to do, is to abolish the Constitution.