Senate. Thursday, April 17, 1862
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.
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
, 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
, from the Committee of Foreign Affairs, asked to have the resolution of the Senate, in relation to Foreign Consuls transferred to the secret calendar.
, 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.
offered the following:
,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.
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.
, 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.
of Mo, suggested that if the wives and children of these men received their pay, the soldiers would do without.
, 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.
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.