House of Delegates.
Friday,Jan. 31, 1862.
met at 12 o'clock M. Prayer by Rev. Mr. Peterkin
, of Botetourt
from the Committee
on Military Affairs, offered a resolution that the Senators
in the Confederate Congress be instructed, and the members of the House of Representatives from Virginia
be requested, to increase the pay of non-commissioned officers and privates in the service four dollars per month, which was adopted.
On motion of Mr. Prince
, the bill to constitute a corps to more effectually collect the arms of the State
and Confederate States
not in actual service, was taken up.
moved to lay the bill on the table in order to prepare a rider, which was adopted.
presented a petition from the stockholders of the Roanoke
Savings Bank at Salem
, in Roanoke county
, praying for the passage of a bill permitting the bank to issue small notes.
reported a bill to organize a company for certain special service; which was read by its title the first time.
The following resolutions of inquiry into expediency were referred to the appropriate committees.
By Mr. George
.--Of reorganizing the 17th and 28th brigades of Virginia
militia, and reporting by bill or other wise.
By Mr. McCamant
.--Of re-enacting the act concerning grocers and forestallers.
By Mr. Rowan
.--Of compensating the privates of the 19th brigade Virginia
militia for clothing not allowed them, and for services.
By Mr. Harrison
.--Of increasing the fees now allowed by law to Commissioners in Chancery.
By Mr. Woolfolk
,--Of permitting all county and corporation courts to prohibit the distillation of grain within their jurisdictions.
said that from present prospects the debates on the military bill will be interminable.
He wanted to arrive at some conclusion.
Too much time had been already wasted, He offered a joint resolution that all the bills and substitutes before the House
be referred to a joint committee of both Houses, and that the presiding officers of each be requested to appoint on the committee the authors of the several bills and substitutes, and such other gentlemen as they thought proper.
, of Botetourt
, opposed the resolution simply because after the proposed joint committee had expended at least two weeks in constructing a bill, it would be no more likely to satisfy the House
than those now before it, and the debate which would ensue would be quite as interminable.
He though the House
had better continue the consideration of the subject and mature a bill itself as soon as possible.
Pending the question, the House
went into secret session.