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rch, 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 till-eight P. M., and authorized the Sergeant-at-Arms to bring in absentees, the resul
receive any communication he might have to make. The motion was agreed to, and the Chair appointed Messrs. Blub, McGruder and Gilmen said committee. Mr. Newton offered a resolution that a joint committee be appointed to take into consideration the condition of the country, and to report such measures or resolutions as for the adoption of the General assembly. To this a substitute was offered by Mr. Woodson, which, after some discussion, participated in by Messrs. Woodson, Newton, Rives, and Lynn, was rejected, and the question recurring upon the resolution of Mr. Newton, it was agreed to. The committee appointed to wait upon the GoveMr. 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 Delegat