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House of delegates.

House met at 12 o'clock, Mr. Edmunds, of Halifax, in the chair.

Prayer by Rev. W. W. Bennett, of the Methodist Church.

Virginia Canal Company.

A bill to ‘"Amend and re-enact the 4th section of chapter 10 of an act to incorporate the Virginia Canal Company, and to transfer the rights and franchises of the James River and Kanawha Company thereto,"’ was read a second time and ordered to be engrossed.

Manchester and Petersburg Turnpike.

A bill to ‘"Amend and re-enact the 13th section of an act, entitled an act, incorporating a company to establish a turnpike road from the town of Manchester to the town of Petersburg, and repealing all the provisions contained in other acts relating to said company, inconsistent with this act,"’ was reported, and on motion, laid on the table.

The following bills were read a second time: A bill ‘"to prevent extortion in salt."’ A bill entitle ‘"An act to regulate prices of articles of prime necessity during the war and to prevent extortion in the sale of them."’ A bill entitled ‘"An act to improve the navigation of New river."’

Mr. Anderson, of Rockbridge, presented the report of the Committee appointed ‘"to inquire into the extravagant prices of articles of prime necessity, and as to what remedies may be provided,"’ which was laid on the table and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Grattan presented the following resolution:

Resolved, That the Governor of the Commonwealth is hereby requested to furnish to this House a statement of the aggregate military strength of the State, including the disloyal counties; what portion of that strength consists of volunteers, and what of militia; what portion of that strength has been ordered into service, both volunteer and militia; what the date of their mustering in, and the term for which they are mustered in.

The petition of Miers W. Fisher, for relief from obligations contracted by him for the public defence, was referred to the Committee on Finance.

Resolutions of inquiry.

The following resolutions of inquiry were referred to the appropriate committee:

By Mr. Tomlin.--Of amending the act of January 25th, 1861. so as to provide that the pay and allowances of all the commissioned officers of the Ordnance Department shall be the same as now allowed to the same rank in the artillery in the Confederate service.

By Mr. Tomlin.--Of amending the 2d and 3d sections of chapter 22d of the Code of Virginia, so as to diminish the number of persons thereby exempted from military duty.

By Mr. Davis, of Campbell.--Of incorporating the Mutual Life Insurance Company of Lynchburg.

By Mr. Woodson--Of more effectually prohibiting the issue of small notes by individuals; of urging the redemption of such notes in specie on presentation, and in default thereof giving the holder the right to recover the same by suit or warrant, with damages and costs.

By Mr. Kaupman--Of more effectually preventing the sale of ardent spirits by persons without license.

By Mr. Evans--Of allowing the claims of the captain and crew of the York Spit Light vessel, for services rendered by them from the 1st of January, 1861, until the said vessel, with its crew and officers, were received into the service of the Confederate Government.

On motion of Mr. Walker, the House adjourned.

Note.--In the House report published on Friday last, Mr. John F. Wooton was represented as the author of a resolution of inquiry relative to ‘"legalizing the issue of small notes, heretofore made by the various counties, cities, and towns of the Commonwealth, and providing for the future issue of such notes, and their redemption."’ Mr. Wootion informs as that he is not the author of the resolution. We believe it was presented by Mr. Woodson.

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