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General Assembly of Virginia.
Senate.

Monday March 3d, 1862.

The Senate was called to order at 11 o'clock by Mr. Johnson, of Bedford.

A joint resolution was communicated to the Senate from the House proposing on the 6th of March to proceed to the election of a Secretary of the Commonwealth, Treasurer, 1st and 3d Auditor, Register of Land Office, Superintendent of Penitentiary, Agent of Penitentiary, and a Public Printer.

The bill incorporating the Stewartsville Savings Bank was taken up and passed.

The bill to amend and re-enact an ordinance extending the jurisdiction of the County Courts in certain cases, passed by the Convention on the 26th day of June, 1861, was passed.

The bill to authorize the Roanoke Savings Bank, in the county of Roanoke, to issue notes of a less denomination than $5, was read the third time and laid on the table.

The bill authorizing the civil authorities of the Commonwealth to render aid in arresting deserters from Military service, was, on motion of Mr. Isbell, indefinitely postponed.

A resolution was offered by Judge Robertson, that henceforth in considering any measure or proposition relating to military affairs, it be a standing rule that the President shall cause the doors of the Senate to be closed, unless otherwise specially ordered. It being necessary, in order to its being considered, that the rules should be suspended, the Senate refused to suspend.

Senate bill entitled an act ‘"to authorize field artillery to be made and small arms purchased for the State,"’ returned by the House of Delegates to the Senate under resolution of the Senate, adopted on Saturday last, was taken up.

On motion of Mr. Douglas, the Senate reconsidered the vote concurring in the amendment of the House of Delegates, striking out the words ‘"to have artillery for field service made of iron, or other material suitable for that purpose, and to mount and equip the same, ready for service."’ The Senate then concurred in some of the amendments of the House and refused to concur in others; all of which was ordered to be communicated to the House.

A substitute was adopted to the ‘"bill giving the consent of the State to the construction of a railroad from the North Carolina Railroad, in the State of North Carolina, to connect with the Richmond and Danville Railroad,"’ and the bill ordered to its engrossment.

The bill to authorize the Governor to organize and call out certain military forces for the defence of the State, was laid on the table.

The bill incorporating the Mutual Life Insurance Company was read three times and passed.

House bill, entitled ‘"An act to prevent extortion in salt,"’ was reported from the Committee on General Laws, with a recommendation on General Laws, with a recommendation that it do not pass.

The bill ‘"allowing further time to the owners of lots in the town of Columbia, the county of Fluvanna, to build on and improve the same,"’ was read twice and re-referred to the Committee on General Laws.

House joint resolution authorizing the Governor to tender to the Congress of the Confederate States certain rooms in the State Court-House for the use of its committees, and requesting the authorities of the city of Richmond and the County Court of Henrico to provide accommodations for their respective Circuit Courts, was taken up and agreed to.

Senate bill amending an act incorporating the Shenandoah Cotton Manufacturing Company, and to change its name to the Oda Creek Cotton Manufacturing Company, was passed.

The Senate proceeded to consider the bill ‘"to authorize the raising of a regiment of pikemen,"’ which, after being discussed and amended, was put on its passage. Only $23 Senators voted aye and 3 nay. Mr. Isbell moved a call of the Senate, which motion prevailed. After the Clerk had finished the roll-call, the Sergeant-at-Arms was directed to lock the door. Several absent Senators in the meantime appeared in the vestibule Excuses for non-attendance were then called for. The Senator from Isle of Wight and others were not excused for their absence. Some, for good cause, were excused. The Senators from Dinwiddie, Henry, Boone, and Rockingham, who were on the outside, were then, by order of the President, ‘"arrested"’ seriatim by the Sergeant-at-Arms, and being brought into the Senate chamber severally made their excuses, which were allowed. The Sergeant- at-Arms was then sent off to hunt up the Senators from Goochland and Fauquier, who were understood to be in the city, but not present.

The further call of the Senate was then dispensed with, on motion, and the vote being taken on the bill to authorize a regiment of pikemen, it passed — ayes 27, noes 4.

The President announced the reception of two very important communications from the Executive, which the good of the public demanded should be immediately considered. The Senate then went into secret session.

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