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Virginia Legislature.

Monday, Jan. 27, 1862.

The Senate was called to order by Mr. Montague, Lieutenant-Governor, when prayer was offered by the Rev. Mr. Duncan, of the Methodist Church.

The House bill entitled ‘"an act to transfer certain bonds of the State held in trust by the Government of the United States for certain Indian tribes, and providing for the payment of interest thereon,"’ being taken up.

On motion of Mr. Brennan, the rule requiring to be read on three several days was suspended, and the bill was read three times and passed.

A message was received from the House announcing the passage of the Senate bill for altering the line of the South-Side Railroad.


Mr. Thomas, of Henry, offered a resolution, referring it to the Committee on General Laws, to enquire into the expediency, of preventing by stringent legislation, the consumption of grain by distilleries, and report as early as practicable — which was referred.

By resolution of Mr. Pate, the Committee on General Laws, was instructed to enquire into the expediency of reporting a bill repealing the laws establishing the district free school system for Kanawha county.

Bills passed.

The bill for compensating Wm. H. Dulaney for services rendered to the State, at the Circuit Court of Fairfax, at the spring term, 1861.

An act to amend and re-enact the 13th section of chapter 42 of the Code of 1860, so as more effectually to regulate the sales of real estate under executions in favor of the Commonwealth. (Senate bill.)

Bill to refund to Jas. Burdette the amount of a tax erroneously assessed and paid into the treasury. (Senate bill.)

Adverse report.

The Committee on Courts of Justice, having had under consideration the resolution as to the expediency of amending the 13th and 14th sections of chapter 184 of the Code, and providing for an increase of the compensation now allowed to sheriffs and jailors for keeping and supporting persons confined in jail, reported that it is inexpedient to legislate on the subject of said resolution; which report was accepted.

Mr. Brannon moved to take up the bill to connect the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad, and the Orange and Alexandria, and Manassas, Gap Railroad, but it was laid upon the table for the purpose of taking up

The military bill.

The Senate then went into secret session upon the military bill, and after considering the same for sometime, the Senate adjourned.

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