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General Assembly of Virginia.

Thursday, Jan. 30, 1862.

The Senate was called to order by the President, (the Lieutenant-Governor,) and prayer was made by Rev. Mr. Duncan, (Methodist)

A resolution from the House, in relation to the military services of Gen. Jos. E. Johnston, was read, as follows:

‘ The General Assembly, appreciating the eminent military services of Gen. Jos. E. Johnston in the present war, desire to offer to him, some public recognition of his wellearned claim upon the regard and affection of his native State: Therefore,

Resolved, by the General Assembly. That the Board of Visitors of the Virginia Military Institute shall admit in all respects as State cadets, any two young men who may be nominated to them by Gen. Johnston; and whenever a vacancy shall hereafter occur in either of such appointments, the same shall be filled in like manner, upon the nomination of Gen. Johnston.

Upon motion of Mr. Nesson, the resolution was laid on the table for the present.

Bills presented.

Mr. Brannon, from the Committee on Finance and Claims, presented the following bills:

A bill for the collection of taxes and other public dues in the hands of defaulting disloyal officers, and in the hands of other persons disloyal to said State.

A bill to refund license taxes to the volunteers in the military service.

Bills reported.

The Committee also reported, without amendment, a bill from the House entitled ‘"An act to provide for the assumption and payment of the Confederate States war tax."’


Mr. Lynch presented the petition of Barney McKenney and James Casey, asking that certain taxes paid by them may be refunded, and that certain property belonging to them may be reassessed, which was referred to the Committee on Finance and Claims.

The Senate then took up the unfinished business of yesterday, which was the bill entitled an act to anthorize a connection between the Richmond and Petersburg railroad and the Petersburg railroad and the Petersburg railroad in Petersburg. The question being upon the motion of Mr. Collier, to restrict the proposed connection to the period of the duration of the war, a discussion ensued, in which Messrs. Collier, Robertson, Christian of Augusta, Branson, Ahomas of Fairfax, Whittle, and others participated.

Before any action was taken upon the said bill, the Senate adjourned.

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