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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book VII:—politics. (search)
ngress, composed of two houses similar to those of the national legislature at Washington met for the first time at Richmond, on the very day when the provisional assembly ceased to exist. It held two sessions during the year 1862, from the 18th of February to the 21st of April, and from the 12th of August to the 13th of October. On the 28th of February, 1861, even before Mr. Buchanan had been succeeded in the presidency of the United States by Mr. Lincoln, the Southern Congress passed a law one hundred per cent.; in December, 1862, it reached as high as two hundred and thirty-five per cent. At this period the Confederate government presented an account of its receipts during the ten and a half months that had elapsed since the 18th of February, the date of its permanent installation. We give below the official summary to show what was the real condition of its finances: Patent Fund$13,920* Custom-house receipts668,566* Miscellaneous2,291,812* Repayments of disbursing office