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Confederate Congress.
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1862.


--The Senate met at 12 o'clock M. Prayer by Rev. J. L. Burrows.

On motion at Mr. Lewis, of Ga., it was

Resolved, That the Secretary of War be requested to furnish the number of conscripts from Georgia.

Mr. Orr, of S. C., presented the petition of three hundred and sixty patients in Chimborazo Hospital, Richmond, complaining of the inferior quality of the fare with which they are furnished, etc. Referred to the Select Committee to Examine Hospitals.

Mr. Hill, from the Committee on the Judiciary, to whom was referred the bill introduced by Mr. Henry, of Tenn., extending the sequestration law to all adults in the Confederate States who refuse allegiance to the Confederate Government, reported back the same, with a substitute, entitled ‘"an acts declare certain persons to be alien enemies."’

The substitute was ordered to be printed.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the bill to exempt certain persons from enrollment for service in the army of the Confederate States.--The pending question was on the motion of Mr. Maxwell, of Florida, to amend the amendment proposed by Mr. Dortch, of North Carolina, (to exclude Justices of the Peace from exemption,) by substituting therefore a clause excepting from exemption ‘"such State officers as the State may authorize to be excepted. "’

Mr. Burnett, of Ky., read an amendment which he proposed to submit, if the pending amendment was rejected, viz: to except (from exemption) such State officers as the several States may have declared by law to be liable to militia duty, or may hereafter be excepted by the several States."

Mr. Dortch, of N. C., accepted this amendment in lion of the amendment submitted by him.

After further discussion of the relative powers of the Confederate and State Governments, participated in by Messrs. Burnett, of Ky., Yancey, of Ala., and Hunter, of Va., the question was put on agreeing to the imendment-submitled by Mr. Max well, of Fla., and determined in the negative, viz:

Yeas--Messrs. Baker, Clay, Haynes, Maxwell, Mitchell, Orr, Peyton, Wigfall, and Yancey--9.

Nays--Messrs. Brown, Burnett, Clark, Davis, Dortch, Henry, Hill, Hunter, Lewis, Oldham, Pholan, Preston, Sparrow, and Semmes--14.

When Mr. Mitchell's name was called, he asked to be excused from voting, as he had paired off with Mr. Simms, of Ky., who was absent by leave of the serving on a special committee.

Mr. Clay. of Ala., opposed the motion to excuse, as he doubted the constitutional right of a Senator to withhold his vote on any question, and the precedent was a bad one. The Senate refused to excuse the Senator from voting — yeas 11 nays 11.

The question recurred on the motion proposed by Mr. Burnett and accepted by Mr. Dortch, and being put, was decided in the affirmative, viz:

Yeas--Messrs. Burnett, Clay, Clark, Davis, Dortch, Haynes, henry, Hill, Hunter, Lewis, Orr, Phelan, Sparrow, and Semmee--14.

Nays--Messrs. Baker, Brown, Maxwell, Mitchell, Oldham, Peyton, Preston, Wigfall, and Yancey--9.

Mr. Orr. of S. C., moved to amend the bill so as to except from exemption the militia officers of a State, Rejected.

Mr. Davis of N. C., moved to amend the bill by striking out the various classes of articles, etc., proposed to be exempted, and inserting "and such other persons as may be exempted by the Secretary of War, upon the ground of the public interests, by regulations to be made by him for that purpose.

After some discussion of the proposed amendment,

Mr. Sparrow, of La., moved that it be paid upon the table. Agreed to — yeas 17, nays 3.

On motion of Mr. Hill, of Ga., the following clauses were stricken out: ‘"Ali persons actually engaged in carrying the ma ferrymen on post routes, not to exceed one in number at any locality"’

Mr. Baker, of Fla, moved to insert a clause exempting presidents, cashiers, and tellers of banks. Negatived — ayes 9, noes 11.

Mr. Davis, of N. C., moved to amend the bill so as to exempt all editors of newspapers.

Mr. Brown, of Miss., objected to the amendment. He knew of some papers which had thirty or forty editors, and he doubted not that some of the papers in this city had at least half a dozen. If everybody is to be exempted we might as well disband the army.

Mr. Yancey, of Ala., moved to amend so as to exempt one editor for each paper.

Mr. Davis accepted this amendment, and the question being put, it was decided in the negative, viz:

Yeas--Messrs. Baker, Clark, Clay, Davis, Lewis, Peyton, Sparrow, and Yancey--S.

Nays--Messrs. Brown, Burnett, Dortch, Haynes, Henry, Hill, Hunter, Maxwell, Mitchell, Orr, Phelan, Preston, Semmes, and Wigfall--14.

On motion of Mr. Yancey, the clause exempting all foremen, pressmen, and journeymen printers employed in printing newspapers, was amended by adding ‘"having at least 500 bona fide subscribers."’

Mr. Hill, of Ga., moved to amend the bill by striking out the clause exempting ‘ "ministers of the Gospel."’ Negatived — yeas 5, Nays 17

Those who voted in the affirmative were Messrs. Burnett, Brown, Clark, Hill, and Lewis.

Pending the further consideration of the subject

On motion of Mr. Dortch, the Senate adjourned'

House of Representatives.

--The House met at 12 o'clock. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Doggett.

The Chair announced the business of the morning, the special order for the morning hour, being the bill introduced by the gentleman from Virginia, (Mr. Russell, of the Judiciary Committee.) in relation to the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus.

Mr. Jones, of Tenn., moved to postpone the bill, with a to continue the call of the States, and the motion prevailed, and the consideration of the bill was postponed.

Mr. Russell then moved that the bill be made the special order for to morrow, within the morning hour. The motion was not agreed to.

Mr. Aver, of S. C., reported a bill to create the office of Adjutant for independent battalions, and to fix the rank and pay of the same. Referred to the Military Committee.

Mr. Miles, of S. C., introduced a bill to purge the army of ignorant and incompetent officers. Referred to the Military Committee.

Also, a bill to authorize the President of the Confederate States to regulate railroad transportation. Referred to the Committee on Military Transportation.

Also, a bill to reorganize and promote the efficiency of the Medical Department. Referred.

Also, a bill to grant commutation for quarters to the Superintendent of the ‘"Army Intelligence Office"’ and his clerks. Referred.

Also, a bill to regulate navigation in the Confederate States, and to organize a direct trade with foreign Governments. Referred to the Committee on Commerce.

Mr. Heiskell, of Tenn., introduced a joint resolution in relation to retaliation, which was referred to the Judiciary Committee.

Mr. Currin, of Tenn., offered the following resolution, which was agreed to:

Resolved, That it be referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs to inquire and report to this House what number of citizens of this Confederacy who have been engaged in the pursuits of civil life, and not connected with the active operations of our army, are now prisoners in the hands of the enemy; the localities from which they were taken; the places where they are at present confined; the circumstances, so far as they can be ascertained, of their arrest, and the causes therefore.

Mr. Foote, of Tenn., presented a bill regulating the rights of naturalization in certain cases. Referred.

He also introduced the following resolution:

Resolved, by the Congress of the Confederate States of America, That the signal successes with which Divine Providence has so continuously blessed our arms for several months past, would fully justify the Confederate Government in dispatching a Commissioner, or Commissioners, to the Government at Washington city, empowered to propose the terms of a just and honorable peace.

Mr. Holt, of Ga., offered the following as a substitute:

‘ The people of the Confederate States are, and have been from the beginning, anxious that this war with the United States should be conducted strictly within the sense established by the rules of civilized and Christian nations, and have on their part so conducted it; and the said people ardently desire that said war should cease and peace be restored, and have so announced from the beginning Therefore.

Resolved. That whenever the United States Government shall manifest a like anxiety and a like desire, it shall be the duty of the President of the Confederate States to appoint — Commissioners to treat and negotiate with the said United States Government upon said subjects, or either of them.

Mr. Kenan, of Ga., moved to lay both propositions on the table, and the motion was agreed to.

Mr. Colder, of Va., moved that the House concur in the resolution of the Senate, fixing the time of adjournment for Tuesday, the 30th day of the present month.

Mr. Gray, of Texas, moved to amend Senate resolution, by striking out ‘" Tuesday, Sept. 30th,"’ and inserting ‘" Monday, October 13th"’ This amendment was rejected by a vote of — ayes 42, noes 48.

The question then recurred upon the motion of Mr. Collier to concur in the resolution of the Senate, and it was agreed to by — ayes 48, noes 42.

The morning hour having expired, the special order of the day was taken up, and the Chair announced that the question was upon the motion of Mr. Foote, of Tenn., to reconsider the vote by which the amendment of Mr. Smith, of North Carolina, to the first section of the committee's bill was defeated. The vote on this motion was taken by ayes and noes, as follows — ayes 41, noes 48.

Mr. Hanley of Arkansas, offered as an amendment to the first section the following to come in after the amendment of Mr. Wright, of Texas, which was adopted yesterday:-- Provided, That the President, in calling out into the service of the Confederate States troops under the provisions of this act, shall apportion the troops thus to be called out among the several States taking into consideration their population between the ages herein before stated, and the number of troops already furnished to the army under former acts.

Upon this amendment the ayes and noes were had with the following result — ayes 49, noes 26.

Mr. Ayer, of S. C., submitted the following amendment, which was rejected by a vote of ayes 34, noes 48.

And provided, further. That men over the age of thirty five shall not be called out from their homes until after all under that shall have been mustered into service regarding to the of the act to ‘" for the April 16, 1862."’

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