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Legislature of Virginia.


Friday, Jan. 17, 1862.
The Senate met at 12 o'clock. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Seedy, of the Baptist Church.

A communication from the House of Delegates was received, informing the Senate of the concurrence of the House on certain bills, with amendments. The amendments to the bill to incorporate the Danville Manufacturing Company were agreed to.

Reports from committees.

Various House bills, heretofore referred to standing committees, were reported and placed on the calendar.

Mr. Douglas, from the Committee on Military Affairs, presented a report, asking to be discharged from the further consideration of a resolution relative to the more equitable apportionment of pay between the officers and privates of volunteer companies, on the ground that the subject was one within the control of the Confederate Government--The report was concurred in.

Resolution of inquiry.

The following resolution of inquiry was adopted:

By Mr. Johnson--Of providing for the connection of the Richmond and Danville and Richmond and York River Railroads through the city of Richmond.

Bills passed.

A bill to amend section 11 of Chapter 163 of the Code, in relation to the removal of the papers and records of Courts, &c.

Bill exempting from taxation the seal of Courts attached to papers or records for the recovery of the wages or other dues of deceased soldiers, and to refund the tax heretofore paid.

A bill providing for the appointment of additional clerks in the office of the Auditor of Public Accounts. [The bill provided for a compensation of eight hundred dollars, respecting which some debate arose, but the sum was finally fixed as here stated.]

Bill to amend section 27 of chapter 24 of the Code, (new edition,) providing for a Clerk in the Adjutant General's Office.

Bill to provide temporary warehouses for tobacco.

The volunteer Forces.

A series of resolutions from the House of Delegates relative to the re-enlistment of the volunteer forces of the State, were read and concurred in. [They are stated in the report of the House proceedings.]


A petition of the Merchants' Bank of Va., and Monticello Bank, in relation to the abolishment of the salary of the Banking Clerk in the Treasurer's Office, Referred to the Committee on Banks.

A message was received from the House, announcing the passage of an act for the construction of a railroad connection between the Orange and Alexandria and Manassas Gap Railroads, and the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad. It was read twice, and referred to the Committee on Roads and Internal Navigation.

The Senate then went into secret session, upon the military bill, and after some time spent thereupon, the Senate adjourned.

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