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nounce the committees this day. A communication from the Virginia Convention was presented giving information of the passage of an ordinance by that body, empowering the Senate and House to elect members from counties and districts where the inhabitants are denied the privilege of an election by reason of the presence of the enemy. On motion of Mr. Wilson, received, laid on the table, and ordered to be printed. Petition. Mr. George presented a petition from citizens of McDowell county, praying for the better defining of the boundaries of said county, which was formed out of parts of the counties of Tazewell and Wyoming. Referred. Passage of the bill Relative to Negro convicts. The House then passed the bill presented by Mr.Anderson, providing for the hiring of negro convicts to the manufacturers of iron, when engaged in casting war material for the Confederacy and State. The bill was sent to the Senate. Resolutions of inquiry. The following resolu