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Confederate Congress.
first session

Senate. Thursday, April 17, 1862
Mr.Davis of N. C. from the Committee of Finance, reported a bill to make provisions for coins for the Confederate States.--The bill provides for authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to assay gold bars, to mark them with their value, and to cause to be struck gold and silver coins. The gold coins are to be of the following weight: One kind of coin to weigh 258 grains, one to weigh 128 grains, one to weigh 64½ grains, and one to weigh 254-5 grains. Silver coins to weigh 192 grains, 98 gr., 38 3-5 gr., and 19 1-5 gr., all to bear such names and such devices as the Secretary of the Treasury shall designate. --The mints at Charlotte, N. C., Dalonega, Ga., and at New Orleans, are appropriated to the use of the Secretary of the Treasury for as saying and coining. The bill also appropriates $150,000 to enable the mints to exchange coin for bullion. The gold bars assayed shall be of nine tenths fineness. The coinage laws of the United States, so far as they are not inconsistent with the bill, are re-enacted. It was passed and sent to the House.

Mr. Barnwell, of South Carolina, from the same committee, reported favorably upon and recommended the passage of the bill in relation to auditing accounts for the War Department. The bill was passed and sent to the House.

Mr. Cray, from the Committee of Foreign Affairs, asked to have the resolution of the Senate, in relation to Foreign Consuls transferred to the secret calendar. So ordered.

Mr. Hill, of Ga, from the Judiciary Committee, reported three bills regulating the fees of clerks and marshals of the District Courts, and limiting the fees of the clerks, marshals and district attorneys — all of which were read and passed.

Mr. Mitchell offered the following:

Resolved,That the Secretary of the Congress be authorized to employ such additional force as may be necessary to finish up the business of the Senate. Agreed to.

Mr. Clark of Mo, called up the bill to increase the clerical force of the Quartermaster General's bureau, The bill was read and passed.

The Senate bill in relation to payment of dues of deceased soldiers, with the House amendment, was considered and agreed to.

Mr. Haynes, or Tenn, introduced a bill to pay over to the wives and children of Confederate prisoners now in the hands of the enemy, their allowances of pay and rations while the soldiers aforesaid are in captivity.

Mr. Clark of Mo, suggested that if the wives and children of these men received their pay, the soldiers would do without.

Mr. Clay of Ala., thought the Senate had no right to dispose of the dues and personally of living men as of deceased persons. The bill was laid on the table.

Mr. Sparrow called up the House bill to amend the act establishing and organizing a general staff of the Confederate army. The amendments of the committee were adopted and the bill passed.

House bill to enforce prompt returns from disbursing officers and agents of the Government was taken up, amended and passed.

A message was received from the President to the effect that on yesterday he had signed and approved an act to further provide for the public defence--[the conscript law.]

The Senate then went into secret session.

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