General Assembly of Virginia.
Friday,Jan. 31, 1862.
The Senate being called to order by the President
, prayer was offered by Rev. Mr. Duncan
Ball: Referring to the Committee of Courts of Justice as to an amendment of section 5, chap-!184 of Code, so as to increase the face of Commissioners in Chancery.
By Mr. Christian
, of Augusta
: That the Governor
communicate to the Senate, if not incompatible with the public interests, any information in his possession concerning the present condition and number of arms of the State
, and any correspondence between himself and the Confederate
authorities on the subject.
From the House of Delegates.
That the General Assembly remembers with pride and gratitude the invaluable services to Virginia
of Gen G. T. Beauregard
in the most perilous period of her recent history; and having learned that he is soon to be transferred to a distant field, the General Assembly regard it as a grateful duty to tender to him this public assurance of the exalted estimate in which the people of Virginia
will ever hold his heroic devotion, through the campaign of 1861, to the protection of Virginia
and her sister Confederate States
Laid on the table for the present.
, of Prince Edward, submitted the following joint resolution, which was laid over, under the rules:
by the General Assembly, that the office of Paymaster-General
of the Virginia
forces be, and the same are hereby, authorized to discharge the remaining duties (if any) appertaining to that office; and payments ordered by them shall be made out of the treasury by warrants of the Auditor
of Public Accounts.
That the House
have passed the following bills:
Senate bills entitled ‘"an act to authorize County and Corporation Courts to certify insolvent muster fines in certain cases;"’ ‘"an act authorizing the Commissioners
of the Revenue for the Southern District of Halifax county
to issue a license to David Apt as a hawker and pedlar;"’ and a House bill entitled ‘"an act compensating Peter P. Penn
for the loss of his slave Albert."’
On motion of Mr. Whittle
, the Senate took up the bill entitled ‘"an act to take the scene of the people on certain ordinances of the Convention
, which assembled at the Capitol
; in the city of Richmond
, on the 18th day of February, 1861,"’ and the same, after being amended, was passed.
, from the Committee
on Courts of Justice, presented a bill for the relief of savings banks and other corporations of this Commonwealth, and exempting them from the penalties imposed by existing laws for the issue of small notes.
By Mr. Newton
: A resolution that the Committee
on Agriculture and Commerce inquire into the expediency of incorporating the Preston Coal and Iron Company, in the county of Preston
By Mr. Hart
: That the Committee
on General Laws
be instructed to inquire into the expediency of so amending the laws as to enable the County
Courts, whenever a Commissioner in Chancery may be engaged in the military service, to appoint a special Commissioner
By Mr. McKennet
: That the Committee
on Military Affairs inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill to secure to Virginia
the arms and equipments now or hereafter to be placed in the field.
presented a petition of Dennel Davis
, of Princess Anne, praying for a correction of an erroneous assessment of his lands in 1856.
Railroad Connection bill.
The Senate then took up the unfinished business of yesterday — the House
bill entitled ‘ "An Act to authorize a connection between the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad, and the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad in Richmond
, and the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad and Petersburg Railroad in Petersburg
Amendments were proposed by Messrs. Coghill
and Askevagne bearing upon the service
tracke through those cities.
The amendments were adopted.
After an ineffectual attempt further to amend the bill by Mr. Colline
, bearing upon the location of the depot in Petersburg
, the bill was put upon its passage and passed, only two voting in the negative.
On motion of Mr. Johnson
, at half-past 2 o'clock the Senate adjourned.