House of Delegates.
Tuesday, Dec. 3.
met at 12 o'clock, M.
Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Reed
, of the Presbyterian Church.
The Speaker appointed the following select committee, on motion of Mr. Barbour
, relative to certain vacant seats in the House
: Messrs. Forbes
, of Franklin
, and Richardson
By Mr. Robertson
--Memorial of the City Council of Richmond
, asking that their issue of small notes may be legalized.
By Mr. Steger
--Of Retry R. Jones
of the Penitentiary, asking an increase of salary.
Several other petitions of a private character were presented.
The Danville railroad connexion.
On motion of Mr. Buford
, it was
That a select committee of five be appointed to confer with the proper authorities of the Confederate Government in relation to the construction of a railroad between the town of Danville, Virginia
, and the town of Greensboro', North Carolina
, as recommended in the recent message of President Davis
to the Provisional Congress, with a view to ascertain whether any, and if any, what legislation may be necessary on the part of Virginia
in order to effect the most speedy construction of said road.
Resolutions of Inquiry.
The appropriate committees, when appointed, were instructed to inquire into the expediency of sundry propositions; By Mr. Robertson
, of refunding to D. H. Maury
, R. M. T. Hunter
, and others money paid on account of erroneous assessment of taxes; by Mr. Evans
, of allowing the claim of Major R. D. Billups
, of Matthews
, his account for services rendered; by Mr. Anderson
, of authorizing the Governor
to cause a part of the negro convicts to be hired to proprietor of works engaged in making iron for the use of the Confederate States
; by Mr. Woolfolk
, of allowing compensation to the militia called out by the Governor
; by Mr. Riddick
, of assuming Virginia
's portion of the Confederate
war tax, by Mr. Grattan
, of suppressing the issue of notes by corporations or individuals; by Mr. Rives
, of making some alterations in the Stay law; by Mr. Woolfolk
, of amending the president law in relation to the free negro population of the State
; by Mr. Buford
, of extending the time of organizing the James River
Coal Company; by Mr. Baskerville
, of amending the ordinance for the re-organization of the militia, recently passed by the Convention
; by Mr. Bass
, of paying for clothing, &c., recently furnished to the militia of Roanoke
; by Mr. Collins
, of refunding taxes on licenses issued, but not on account of enlistment or service in the army.
On motion of Mr. Anderson
, of Rockbridge
, it was resolved that a select committee be appointed to inquire what legislation is necessary in view of the extortionate prices charged for certain articles of prime necessity.
A bill in relation to the employment of negro convicts, as embraced in the resolution of Mr. Anderson
, was presented.