House of Delegates.
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1862.
met at 12 o'clock M. No clergyman present.
The Senate bill to protect loyal citizens whose property may be sold by officers under a legal process, was reported by the Clerk
and ordered to be committed.
The Clerk read a communication from the Governor
, enclosing the semi annual report of Brevet- Major F. H. Smith
of the Virginia Military Institute, to the Board of Visitors.
Laid on the table and ordered to be printed.
, of Botetourt
, from the Committee
on Military Affairs, reported a bill to reorganize the 17th and 28th brigades Virginia
, from the Committee
on Finance, made an adverse report to the claim of Francis Sutler, Sheriff
endeavored to call up the bill to release the securities of Thomas K. Davis
; but the House
refused to consider the bill.
On motion of Mr. Robertson
, of Richmond
, the bill amending section 2d of chapter 22d of the Code, respecting persons exempt from military duty, was ordered to be re- committed, and leave was given to the committee to sit during the session of the House
offered a resolution that, with the concurrence of the Senate, the House
will proceed, on Thursday, the 20th inst., to the election of a Secretary of the Commonwealth
, a Treasurer, an Auditor
of Public Accounts, a Second Auditor, a Register of the Land Office, a Public Printer, a Superintendent of the Penitentiary, and a General Agent
and Stoorkeeper of the Penitentiary.
On motion of Mr. Bass
, the resolution was laid on the table.
On motion of Mr. Montagur
, the committee to investigate the alleged frauds in the Penitentiary were empowered to send for persons and papers.
offered a resolution that the Governor
be requested to ask the President
of the Confederate States
to discharge any part of the Virginia
militia not now absolutely required by the public service.
offered a substitute to the resolution, in which the language was somewhat ‘"softened,"’ which was adopted.
On motion of Mr. Lockride
, the bill proviting for the organization of ten companies of rangers was ordered to its engrossment.
offered the following resolutions:
Resolved, by the General Assembly,
That our Representatives in Congress be instructed to use their best efforts to procure the passage of a law by Congress reducing the pay of the officers of the army, especially of the Quartermaster
's. Commissary and Surgical Departments, and increasing the pay of the privates, so as to reduce, as far as practicable, the expenses of the war consistently with its successful prosecution.
That we hereby pledge the faith of the State
to an increase of the pay of the private soldiers in this war; and if Congress shall fail to provide for such increase, the General Assembly of Virginia
pledges itself to do so.
Objection being made to the resolutions, they laid over a day under the rule.
The following resolution of inquiry into expediency was referred to the appropriate commitee:
By Mr. McKenney
--Of furnishing horses to those who volunteer in the cavalry service of the State
, retaining the 40 cents per diem until the purchase money is refunded.
On motion of Mr. Crockett
, the House
took up the report of the joint committee appointed to confer with the lesses of the salt works in Washington
and Smythe counties
After remarks by Messrs. Crockett
, the subject was laid on the table.
made an ineffectual effort to call up the question of filling the vacancies in the General Assembly from Northwestern Virginia
The following bills were passed:
An act to amend section 14 of chapter 163 of the Gode, relative to the removal of records and papers of courts.
An act concerning Treasury notes.