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May 21. In the Senate.—The whole of the forenoon session was taken up in discussing and amending the bill ‘in aid of the families of volunteers.’ It finally passed to be engrossed,—yeas 27, nays 7.

The resolves from the House, ‘concerning the present crisis,’ were discussed in the Senate a great part of the afternoon session, but, before taking the question, were laid on the table, to allow a committee to be appointed to wait upon the Governor, and request him to return the bill ‘for the organization of a home guard.’

The committee subsequently reported, that they had returned with the bill; when, on motion of Mr. Stone, of Essex, the vote whereby the bill was passed, was reconsidered; and on motion of Mr. Boynton, of Worcester, it was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

In the House.—Mr. Jewell, of Boston, from the Joint Special Committee, reported ‘a bill in addition to an act for the maintenance of the Union and the Constitution,’ which was passed to be engrossed, under a suspension of the rules.

Mr. Branning, of Lee, from the same committee, reported that the bill offered by Mr. Stebbins, ‘withholding certain aid from the people of the so-called seceded States,’ ought not to pass.

The resolves concerning the present crisis were taken up, discussed, and ordered to be engrossed.

Mr. Pierce, of Dorchester, introduced a bill authorizing the Governor to pay the company of Cadets of Boston for guard duty at the State Arsenal at Cambridge, and at Captain's Island; also, the Second Battalion, for garrison duty at Fort Warren, and the Fourth Battalion, for garrison duty at Fort Independence, one dollar a day, including rations to each man while in service; which was referred to Special Committee on Governor's Address.

The bill withholding certain aid from the people of the so-called seceded States was taken up, and, after being amended, was passed to be engrossed.

The bill giving aid to the families of volunteers was discussed, amended, and passed to a third reading.

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