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The Senate was called to order by Lieutenant-Governor Mont Mr. Newman, of March, moved that a committee be appointed to inform the Governor that the Senate was ready to transact business. Mr. Robertson, of Richmond, thought this out of order until it was ascertained that there was a quorum The Chair in this view concurred, and directed the roll to be called. The following Senators responded to the call, viz: Messrs Armstrong, Alderson, Brannon. Rail, Bruce, Coghill, Collier, Dickenson of Prince Edward, Garnett, Hart, Isbell, Johnson, Marshall, Neecon, Newton, Newman, Pennybacker, Quesenbury, Robertson, Taliaferro, Thompson, Wiley, and Whitten--23. The Chair read the rule authorizing the Senate to enforce the attendance of absentees Mr. Johnson, of Bedford, suggested that the Sergeant-at-Arms be instructed to procure the attendance of such members as are in convenient distances of the city. Mr. Coghill, of Amherst, thought if the Senate adjourned
solution of Mr. Newton, it was agreed to. The committee appointed to wait upon the Governor returned, and through their chairman, Mr. Blue, submitted the following message from the Executive, which was read by the Clerk, and, on motion of Mr. Collier, laid on the table, and the usual number of copies ordered to be printed: Executive Department, May 5, 1862. Gentlemen of the Senate and House of Delegates: Since your adjournment the Confederate Congress have passed a conslave, condemned to death by the County Court of Culpeper, who has been removed to this city on the approach of the enemy, previous to the time fixed for her execution. The communication was referred to the Committee on Courts of Justice. Mr. Collier offered a resolution that the Military Committee inquire into the expediency of repealing the act authorizing the Governor to organize and call out certain military forces for the defence of the State, passed March 7th, 1862. Mr. Saunders