General Assembly of Virginia.
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1862.
The Senate was called to order at 12 o'clock, and opened with prayer by the Rev. Mr. Peterkin
, of St. James's Church.
A communication was received from the House of Delegates announcing the passage of sundry bills.
On motion of Mr. Nash
, the rules were suspended and the bill from the House
, to constitute a corps more effectually to collect the arms of the State
and Confederate States
not in actual service, was considered without reference and passed.--yes 35, nays 0.
Communication from the Executive.
The President laid before the Senate the following communication from the Executive
, which was laid on the table and ordered to be printed:
Executive Department, Feb. 12, 1862.
Gentlemen of the Senate and House of Delegates:
I have the honor of communicating herewith the semi-annual report or Brevei Major-General F. H. Smith
of the Virginia Military Institute, to the Board of Visitors.
The General Assembly, in common with the people of Virginai, will be gratified to know that this favorite institution, which has done so much to stimulate a proper military spirit, and has contributed so largely in preparing our troops for the gallant and efficient services they have rendered in the field, has been re-opened under the most satisfactory circumstances.
The number of cadets at this time exceeds two hundred and fifty.
, from the Committee
for Courts of Justice, reported a bill to extend the time for the exercise of certain civil rights and remedies.
House bill to constitute a corps more effectually to collect the arms of the State
and Confederate States
not in actual service.
House bill compensating Norman C. Smoot
, Thomas Jones
, and James Candy
of the Revenue for the county of Hampshire
, for services performed, was, on motion of Mr, Armstrong
, taken no and passed.
House bill to amend and re-enact an ordinance to provide for the enrollment and employment of free negroes in the public service, with amendments.
A bill providing for a connection between the Manassas Gap
and Potomac Railroads, was taken up as the unfinished business of yesterday, and Mr. Goehill
proposed another amendment; when, on his motion, the bill was laid on the table and made the order of the day for to-morrow, (Thursday)
On motion of Mr. Robertson
, the Senate went into secret session for the purpose of considering a communication from the House of Delegates.