House of Delegates.
Wednesday, Dec. 4.
met at 12 o'clock, M. Prayer by Rev Dr. Converse
The Speaker stated that in consequence of the unusual number of new members present, and the novel fact that a portion of the State
is unrepresented, the labor of forming the committees has been greater than anticipated.
He mentioned the matter to the House
to explain why he could not announce the committees this day.
A communication from the Virginia Convention was presented giving information of the passage of an ordinance by that body, empowering the Senate and House to elect members from counties and districts where the inhabitants are denied the privilege of an election by reason of the presence of the enemy.
On motion of Mr. Wilson
, received, laid on the table, and ordered to be printed.
presented a petition from citizens of McDowell county
, praying for the better defining of the boundaries of said county, which was formed out of parts of the counties of Tazewell
Passage of the bill Relative to Negro convicts.
then passed the bill presented by Mr.Anderson
, providing for the hiring of negro convicts to the manufacturers of iron, when engaged in casting war material for the Confederacy
The bill was sent to the Senate.
Resolutions of inquiry.
The following resolutions of inquiry were referred to the appropriate committees: By Mr. Spady
, of Alleviating the taxation upon the invaded but loyal counties of the Commonwealth
; by Mr. Kaufman
, of extending the Railroad from Winchester
; by Mr. Grattan
, of Amending acts concerning impressments by military authority; by Mr. Lynn
, or connecting the Richmond
and Fredericksburg Railroads with the Manassas Gap Railroad; by Mr. Baskerville
, of hiring the Salt Works
, in Smyth
and Washington counties
, for the use of the State
On motion, the House