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House of Delegates.

Speaker Kemper called the House to order at 12 o'clock M. Prayer by Rev. W. W. Bennett.

A message was received from the Senate, announcing the passage of a bill ‘"making New River a lawful fence,"’ and asking the concurrence of the House.

On motion the bill was committed.

The following resolutions were presented by one of the members from Petersburg:

At a special meeting of the Common Council of the city of Petersburg, held on Tuesday, the 10th day of December. 1861, Mr. D' Arcy Paul offered the following resolutions, which were unanimously adopted:

Resolved, by the Common Council of the City of Petersburg. That the city of Petersburg is opposed to any measure being passed by the Legislature which will authorize a permanent connection to be made through this city, or otherwise between the Richmond and Petersburg and Petersburg Railroads.

Resolved, That our representatives in the General Assembly be requested to use their utmost endeavors to defeat such connection.

Resolved. That one of the members of this Council be appointed by the Mayor to convey these resolutions to our Senator and Representative.

On motion, these resolutions were laid on the table and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Baskerville moved that the bill to authorize a connection between the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad, in Richmond, and the Richmond and Petersburg, and Petersburg Railroad, in Petersburg, be considered; but, on motion, it was subsequently laid on the table.

Mr. Hunter, of Jefferson, offered the following resolution, which was adopted:

"Resolved, That the Speaker be directed to issue writs of election to the counties of Berkeley and Morgan, to supply vacancies existing in the representation from each of said counties in this house, and that, by publication of proper notices, he fix Thursday, the 26th day of this month, Dec., 1861, as the day for holding said elections

The following bill was reported:

A bill to suspend sales and legal proceedings in certain cases, and to repeal an ordinance, entitled ‘"an ordinance to provide against the sacrifice of property, and to suspend proceedings in certain cases,"’ passed on the 30th day of April, 1861, by the Convention of Virginia.

A bill ‘"to prevent extortion in salt,"’ was called up, but after a long discussion, was recommitted to the special committee, and the following additional members added to that committee: Messrs Fleming, Robertson, Bass, Baskerville and Walker.

On motion of Mr. Taylor, the courtesies of the House were extended to Ex-Governor E. Louis Lowe, of Maryland.

The bill to improve the navigation of New River, was read a second time, and ordered to engrossed.

The following resolutions were adopted by the House:

  1. 1. Resolved, That a joint committee be appointed to call upon the President of the Confederate States and to represent to him the distressed condition of the country for want of salt, and ask him to release so much of the salt now held for the use of the army as can be done without injury to the public service, to be disposed of at Government cost to meet the wants of the people.
  2. 2. Resolved. That a joint committee be appointed to correspond with the lessees of the Washington and Smyth salt works on the subject of their making immediate arrangements to increase the product of salt to the utmost capacity of the property, and that they be instructed and authorized to enter into negotiations with the lessees for that purpose, subject to the approval of the General Assembly.

Resolutions of inquiry.

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

By Mr. Edmunds--Of conferring upon the Presidents of the Railroad companies the authority and power to protect the bridges, buildings and other property of their roads

By Mr. McKinney--Of so amending the existing law as to require the Auditor of Public Accounts to publish in one or more newspapers in the city of Richmond the names of all officers charged with the collection and payment of any part of the revenue who are delinquent, and the amount for which each one is delinquent.

By Mr. Steger--Of providing by law for the compensation of the Clerk of the Court of Hustings for the city of Richmond for services rendered by him in Commonwealth cases in that court

By Mr. Ewing--Of remitting the fine imposed upon Job B. Crabtree by the Circuit Court of Lee county.

By Mr. Blue--Of declaring the seat of T. A. Williamson vacant, from the election district composed of the counties of Gilmer, Calhoun, Wirt. and a part of Roane.

By Mr. Rylr--Of authorizing the County Court of Carroll to subscribe a sum of money for the completion of the Wytheville and Grayson turnpike road as a military necessity.

By Mr. Prime--Of amending an ordinance entitled, ‘"an ordinance to provide for the enrollment and employment of free negroes in the public service, "’ so as to make it obligatory upon the County and Corporation Courts which have not been enrolled to enroll all able-bodied male free negroes between the ages of 18 and 50.

The House then adjourned.

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