General Assembly of Virginia.
Tuesday, January 13, 1863.
Senate--The Senate was called to order at 12 o'clock M by the Lieutenant Governor
, and opened with prayer by Rev. Mr. Burrows
, of the 1st Baptist Church.
The Senate were notified that the House
had agreed to Senate joint resolution relative to the procurement of passports for members by the Governor
; also, of the passage of an act for the relief of the Sergeant
of the city of Richmond
presented the memorized of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad Company, praying for the modification or repeal of the 5th section of an act on the 28th of March, 1858 authorizing a loan to the company, so as to authorize the Beard of Public Works to adjust and regulate in the event of disagreement between the companies the terms on which the Central railroad from Gordonsville
shall be used by said Central and Orange and Alexandria Railroad Company.
presented the report of the Committee
for Courts of Justice on so much of the Governor
's message as relates to the "act concerning slaves for work on fortifications." Report accepted and committee discharged.
Resolutions of inquiry into expediency were offered as follows:
By Mr. Isbell
, of reporting a bill limiting the cultivation of tobacco; by Mr. Spitler
, of repealing so much of the militia laws of the State
as requires the election of 2d Major
; by Mr. Newman
, of releasing B'F Stevinson from all liability incurred as security for Wm. Hatcher
, the traitorous Clerk of Wood county
The act to refund money paid the State
in cases of religions serapes for exemption from military service was taken up, read the requisite number of times and passed.
A petition asking for an increase of fees of office was presented on the part of the clerks of courts in Petersburg
and Prince George.
A manorial was presented from the stockholders of the South side Railroad asking that the arrears of interest due by it to the State
be converted into stock of the road, so as to enable said road to change its line, in pursuant of the act passed Jan. 26th, 1862. A resolution to inquire into the expediency of the proposition was adopted.
On motion of Mr. Hart
, of Albemarle
that the Secretary
of the Common wealth, the Auditor
of Public Accounts, the Second Auditor, the Treasurer
, the Register of the Land Office, the Secretary
of Board of Public Works, and the Adjutant General
, be requested to inform the Senate the amount of compensation received by them respectively, from all sources, and of the clerks of each of their offices.
On motion of Mr. Carson
That the Governor
he requested to communicate to the Senate the names, rank and pay of the several officers and employees of the Ordnance Department of Virginia
The Senate were notified that the House of Delegates had agreed to a joint resolution postponing the election of Confederate Senator
till Tuesday, January 20th.
The Senate refused to postpone the election; eyes 15, 24, and Mr. Johnson
, of Bedford
was requested to communicate the information to the House
After the lapse of an hour, a message, was received, stating the readiness of the House
to proceed with the execution of the joint order.
The Senate awaited the action of the House
till 2½ o'clock, when a message was received that the House
had postponed the execution of the joint order till 12 ½ o'clock Wednesday.
The Senate concurred in the postponement.
House of Delegates--The House
met at 12 o'clock M, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Duncan
A taint resolution was received from the Senate authorizing the Governor
to inquire what number, if any of the citizens of this Commonwealth have been arrested by the enemy; and if so, for what cause, and how confined.
Referred to the Committee
on Courts of Justices.
his resolution of yesterday, so amending the 26th rule of the House
as to authorize the speaker to appoint a Special Committee on Confederates Relations.
At half past twelve o'clock the resolution for the of Confederate States Senator
was called up.
moved to postpone the election until Tuesday, the 20th last.
This gave rise to a debate, which was participated in by Messrs Richardson
in its favor, and opposed by Messrs West
, and Bisgerville
demanded the eyes and nays which being called, resulted: eyes, 53; nays, 49.
A message was received from the Senate announcing the non concurrence by that body in the House
resolution for postponement.
then offered a joint resolution, making known to the Senate their readiness to pressed at once to the election of a Senator.
Another Reffentual attempt was made to postpone the election until Saturday, but after some tery discussion the House
proceeded to the confederation of the joint order, when.
moved that the House
adjourn, upon which the eyes and nays were demanded and resulted in the negative eyes 18, nays 83.
Fomiactions for Senator.
, of Rockbridge
put in nomination the Hon. Wm. C. Rives
, which was ascended by Messrs. Prince
, Mag Rives
, and Staples
, of Botetourt
, nominated Judge John J. Allen
, of Jefferson
, presented the name of Hon, Chas
W Russell Wheeling
, which was accorded by Messrs
, Edmund and Lairdly.
nominated Gen. John
, each gentleman taking occasion to pay an appropriate to the candidate of his choice.
It's being found impossible to conclude the election today, its further consideration, was on motion, postponed until 15½ P. M. to-morrow, and, at 4½ o'clock, the House