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House of Delegates.

Friday, Feb. 7th.

The House met at 11 o'clock. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Burrows.

The House concurred in the Senate amendment to the bill refunding to Edmund W. Balley a sum of money erroneously paid into the Treasury.

The following Senate bills were reported by the Clerk and read a second time:

‘ An act to refund license taxes to volunteers in service and other persons.

An act to provide for the collection of taxes and other public dues in the hands of disloyal and defaulting officers of the Commonwealth, &c.

The Senate bill to empower the Governor to have made out and flied in the State Department complete lists of the Virginia forces, was passed.

’ The following bills were reported:

From the Committee on Propositions and Grievances: A bill to allow further time for the owners of lots in the town of Columbia, Fluvanna county, to build on and improve the same. This bill was read a second time.

From the Committee on Finance: A bill authorizing the recovery of money stolen from the Exchange Bank of Virginia, at Weston. A bill amending and re-enacting section 1st of the Act, providing for the prompt payment of interest on the various bonds guaranteed by the Commonwealth, passed Feb. 10 h, 1860.

From the Committee on Claims: A bill for the relief of W. T Mitchell.

On motion of Mr Bass, the bill authorizing payment for clothing furnished to the militia of Roanoke, was ordered to its engrossment.

The following resolutions of inquiry were referred to the appropriate committees:

By Mr. Mallory of refunding to G. H. Lucy a license tax which he never used

By Mr. Woolfolk--Of paying the staff officers of militia regiments called into service by proclamation of the Governor of Virginia of the 8th July, 1861 the Confederate Government having refused to pay the same.

By Mr. Bass--Of providing by law that all acts of incorporation of companies shall be subject to amendment and repeal by the General Assembly, unless otherwise provided by law.

By Mr. Gordon--Of providing some method by which the rents may be collected of friends of the South, now with us, from Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri.

On motion of Mr. Huntee, the House took up the unfinished business of yesterday, which was the consideration of the proposed substitute to the bill providing for a railroad connection for military purposes, between the Manassas Gap Railroad at or near Strasburg, and the Winchester and Potomac Railroad, at or near Winchester.

After being amended by Mr. Huntee, the substitute was adopted by the House and ordered to its engrossment.

On motion of Mr Blue, the Clerk read the report of the Committee on Privileges and Elections in regard to the legality of an election held in the county of Pendleton for a member of the House of Delegates. The report recommends that the election be set aside and a new election ordered On motion of Mr. Steger, the report was laid on the table.

At the request of the Chairman of the Committee on the Lunatic Asylum, the Speaker added an additional member (Mr. Taylor) to the committee.

On motion of Mr Bradford, the House proceeded to the consideration of the bill to authorize the Auditory Board to allow certain claim., growing out of our present emergencies, not otherwise provided for by law; but, after a brief discussion, it was laid on the table.

On motion of Mr. Kaufman, the House considered the bill for the relief of John Avis, jailor of Jefferson county, and rejected it by a vote of eyes 78, noes 23, the Speaker deciding that the Constitution required a vote of 77 (a majority of the whole House) in the affirmative, in order to pass bills of a financial character.

Mr. Hunter appealed from the decision of the Chair, believing that the Constitution required for the passage of a bill of this character, a majority only of the members actually elected (and not a majority of the whole House, whether the vacancies were filled or not.)

After some discussion, on motion of Mr. Rutherford, the appeal was laid on the table.

Mr. Wynne offered a resolution that leave be given to a Special Committee to bring in a bill to incorporate the Dover Coal Mining Company, which was adopted; and the Speaker appointed the following committee under the resolution: Messrs. Wynne, Steger, Thomas, Payne, and Cazenove.

Mr. Rutherford offered a resolution that the Committee on Courts of Justice be instructed to inquire what in their judgment, is the number required to constitute a vote of the House, which was adopted.

The hour for the order of the day having arrived, the House took up the consideration of the report of the majority of the joint committee appointed to confer with the l ces of the Salt Works in Washington and Smyth counties.

Mr. Anderson, of Rockbridge, moved that the report of the minority of the committee be substituted for that of the majority, and proceeded at some length to discuss the merits of the two reports.

Mr. Crockett moved that, in view of the absence of several gentlemen interested in this section, the reports be laid on the table, which was adopted.

On motion of Mr. Prinon, the House took up the bill to amend and re-enact the act of the Convention providing for the enrollment of free negroes in the public service.

Mr. Wilson, of Is Wight, proposed a ryder to the bill providing that sheriffs or other officers shall receive eight cents per head for each negro drafted in the public service.

Mr. Jones moved to amend the ryder by inserting twenty cents in place of eight cents, Rejected.

Pending the question upon the ryder, the House, on motion of Mr. Robertson, of Richmond, went into secret session on the military bill.

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