House of Delegates.
met at 11 o'clock, M. Prayer by Rev.
W. W. Bennett
A message was received from the Senate, asking the House
to concur in the following resolution:
Resolved by the General Assembly,
That the public printer be, and he is hereby, required to publish, with the acts of the present session of the General Assembly, the permanent Constitution of the Confederate States
A memorial from C. W. Russell
and others, concerning representation from Northwestern Virginia
in the present General Assembly, was received.
Laid on the table and ordered to be printed.
A message from the Governor
, enclosing a list from the Navy Department, as requested by resolution of the House
, was received and laid on the table.
offered the following resolution, which was adopted:
That the Committee
for the Courts
of Justice inquire what amendments, If any, in the Criminal Code
are made necessary by the occupation of the public one my of certain parts of the State
, and what legislation, if any, is necessary under ordinance No. 82, of the Legislature of Virginia.
On motion of Mr. Gordon
, leave was given to bring in a bill to amend the charter of the town of Fredericksburg
The following special committees were appointed on the resolution offered by Mr. Gordon
, of Spotsylvania
: Messrs. Gordon
, and Hunter
, of Isle of Wight
, offered the following resolution:
That the Board of Public Works be requested to furnish to the House
a statement of the amount of money it will be necessary to appropriate to remove the obstructions to the navigations of the New River
by batteaux, and to improve the navigation of said stream in such a manner as will accommodate the transportation of military stores in batteaux from some point at or near the central depot on the Virginia and Tennessee railroad, to the mouth of Greenbrier river
, and what time it will take to complete the work with an appropriation of $30,000 at this session of the Legislature.
Which was adopted.
, from the Special Committee, reported a bill to amend the charter of Fredericksburg
reported a bill authorizing the Governor
to cause the salt works in the counties of Washington
to distribute 100,000 bushels of salt to necessitous persons upon their paying the cost thereof.
The bill to improve the navigation of New River
was read the third time.
, of Isle of Wight
, offered the following Ryder
Provided, that this act shall not be in force or take effect until the President
and Directors of the New River
Navigation Company shall have transferred, and authority is hereby given them to transfer, to the Board of Public Works, without compensation to the stockholders, all the franchises, rights, title, and interest of said New River
Navigation Company in said improvement.
A motion being made to lay the bill and Ryder
upon the table, a discussion ensued between Messrs. Wilson
, Blue, and others.
refused to lay them on the table
then rejected the Ryder.
, of Westmoreland
, moved to lay the bill on the table, which was adopted.
Resolutions of inquiry.
The following resolutions of inquiry into expediency were referred to the appropriate committees:
By Mr. Cecil
: Of passing an act changing the county line of Wythe
, so as to include within the boundaries of the latter county the residence and plantations of Joshua A. Holmes
By Mr. Vaden
; Of so amending the law referring to the subject as to require the Adjutants of regiments, or any officer acting as such, in presenting their bills for mustering companies having no officers, to certify on oath that said officer did muster said company, and for such a length of time as the said law requires.
By Mr. Woolfolk
: Of reporting a bill repealing the ordinance of the Convention of Virginia exempting overseers and others from service in the army as militia open.
The petition of the Common Council of Petersburg
, in reference to the proposed connection of railroads in Petersburg
, was presented.
Wednesday by Mr. Collier
, from that city.