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House of Delegates.

Monday, April 2, 1861.

The House was called to order at 10 o'clock A. M., by Speaker Crutchfield.

Senate amendments to House bill incorporating the Carroll Mining and Manufacturing Company, were agreed to by the House.

Senate Bills Passed.--Incorporating the Central Savings Bank of the City of Richmond incorporating the town of Independence in the county of Grayson; relieving the personal representatives of Wm. S. Croxton, need, authorizing the Governor to pardon a slave, John Ricks, and restore him to his owner; for the relief of Celia Edmunds; authorizing the issue of certain arms to Quincys C. Williams, proprietor of a Military academy in Tazewell county; authorizing the payment to John G. Jackson of certain st coupons.

A resolution was passed to grant leave to bring in a bill authorizing the County Court of Lanenburg to uniform and equip volunteer companies; and the Chair appointed as a committee Messrs. Orgain, Collier, Robertson, Magruder and Rives, to bring in said bill.

House Bills Passed.--Authorizing the County Court of Lunenburg to appropriate certain money to uniform and equip volunteer companies; amending and re-enacting the 31st section of chapter 198 of the Code of Virginia, with amendments; the title was amended as fellows, by the House ‘"authorizing the Common Council of the city of Petersburg to declare what in said city shall be an unlawful assembly of negroes, and to provide the punishment therefore."’

Manufacture of Arms, &c.--The joint resolution communicated from the Senate, authorizing the Governor to contract for the manufacture and repair of arms at the Armory, was taken up, and the following adopted as a substitute:

Resolved, by the General Assembly. That the Governor in order more effectually to carry out the provisions of an act passed the 21st of January, 1861. making an appropriation for the purchase and manufacture of arms and munitions of war, be and he is hereby authorized to contract with one or more persons for the manufacture of pistols, carbines, side-arms, shot, shell, artillery carriages, and other arms, accoutrements and munitions, the said contractor or contractors to have the use of such portion only of the Armory grounds and buildings as may not be required for the fulfilment of existing contracts; to supply the Armory with machinery, and for effectually operating such machinery; provided that the arms accoutrements and munitions manufactured to pursuance of any contracts hereby authorized to be made shall be manufactured under the supervision and inspection of the Colonel of Ordnance; and, provided further, that any contract hereby authorized shall be subject to the ratification or reelection of the General Assembly.

The question being on agreeing thereto, was decide in the affirmative.

Bills Reported.--By Mr. Haymond, from the Committee on Finance, a bill authorizing the payment to Jno. Kelly the amount of a judgment against the Board of Public Works; by Mr. Bassell, from the Committee on Agriculture and Manufacture, a bill incorporating the Shooting Time-Piece Manufactory of Virginia.

Mr. Girson, of Hampshire, submitted the following preamble and resolution:

George W. Hopkins, a delegate from the county of Washington, has departed this life, while in attendance upon the sessions of the House of Delegates Be it.

Resolved, That the Clerk pay to the personal representatives of the said George W. Hopkins his mileage and per diem for this session, or so much thereof as may be due him, out of the appropriation to pay the expenses of this General Assembly.

Adopted.

Covington and Ohio Railroad.--The bill for the partial suspension of the sale of State bonds, and to provide for complying with contracts already made for work on the Covington and Ohio Railroad, was taken up and considered.

The amendments of the Senate were agreed to.

Tax Bill.--The bill imposing taxes for the support of Government was taken up, and certain proposed amendments of the Senate were agreed to. The bill was passed.

The Armory Commissioners.--The Speaker laid before the House the following from Geo. W. Randolph, one of the Commissioners, which was read, laid on the table, and ordered to be printed.


Richmond, April 1st, 1861.
Sir
To the Honorable Speaker of the House of Delegates:

I have had the honor to receive, through the Clerk of the House of Delegates, a resolution adopted on the 9th ult., requesting "the Armory Commissioners to report the amount of the bonds they obtained from the Board of Public Works, under the provisions of the act appropriating five hundred thousand dollars to repair the Armory and purchase arms; whether they sold the bonds, and if so, whether at par, or at what discount; and also to render an account of their expenditures, and for what purpose, giving the items and prices; and if they received the whole five hundred thousand dollars of State bonds, what part thereof bas been expended, and what disposition have they now made of any part thereof not expended.

The Commissioners have received no State bonds whatever. They have certified accounts to the Board of Public Works, and have requested them to pay such accounts. The means for doing so were obtained by sales of the bonds of the State at the Treasury for their par value. The purchasers of the bonds were contractors who had sold arms to the State, or persons who had advanced money to contractors and others, and they as already reported, indemnified themselves for leaves by charging enhanced prices. The account to be rendered before the Board of Public Works, under a former resolution of the House of Deferens, will show the amount so charged.

I regret that my attendance on the Convention has prevented me from furnishing a statement of this account, as requested; the vouchers are ready to be submitted to the Board of Public Works and the account, when stated, will be placed in the hands of the Clerk of the House of Delegates.

$70,000 were appropriated for the Armory, of which a little upwards of ten thousand dollars have been expended. The appropriation for the purchase of arms was $180,000, and the contracts made will require it all; as yet, however, the amount expended is about 151,000.

I have the honor to be.
Your most ob't. serv't,
Geo. W. Randolph.
On motion, adjourned till 7½ o'clock.

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