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Friday, January 23, 1863.
House of Representatives

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

The resolution of Mr. Clarke, of Ca., which was undisposed of when the special order was called yesterday, was taken up and referred to the Judiciary Committee.

Mr. Holt, of Ga, offered a resolution that the Committee on Rules be instructed to inquire into the expedience of so changing the rules of this House as to debate on bills and resolutions, unless the same are before the House for final action.

Mr. Gartrail, of Ga, introduced a bill "to declare what person a shall be exempt from military service and to repeal all exemption bills heretofore passed."

Mr. Gartrell moved a suspension of the rules, with a view to making the bill the special order of the day, to be considered in connect on with the bill on the same subject now before the House.--The House refused to suspend the rules.

Mr. Thickland of Ga., submitted a bill to provide for the and general improvement of hospitals. Referred to Committee on Hospitals.

Mr. Clarke, of Ga., introduced a resolution that the Committee on Hospitals inquire into and report by what authority sick and wounded officers and soldiers are refused furloughs, and report the remedy. Referred.

Mr. Moore, of Ky., moved to reconsider the vote by with the House yesterday decided to refer the bill submitted by the gentleman from Florida, Mr. Hilton, to the Committee on Military Affairs, declaring what persons shall be exempt from military service.

The motion of Mr. Moore was substituted by Mr. Dupree, of La., who hoped that the bill would be passed without delay. The motion to reconsider was agreed to. The rules were then suspended, and the bill taken up and passed. The following is a copy of the bill as agreed to:

A bill to be entitled an Act to repeal certain clauses of an Act entitled An Act to exempt certain persons from Military Services, &c. Approved October 11, 1862.

The Congress of the Confederate States do enact, That so much of the act approved October 11th, 1862, as exempts from military service "one person, either as agent, owner, or overseer, on each plantation on which one white person in required to be kept by the laws or ordinances of any State, and on which there is no white male adult not liable to military service, and in States having no such law, one person as agent, owner or overseer on such plantation of twenty negroes, and on which there is no white mate adult not liable to military service;" and also the following clause in said act, to wit: "and, furthermore, for additional police of every twenty negroes, on two or more plantations, within five miles of each other, and each having lets than twenty negroes, and on which there is no white male adult not liable to military duty, one person, being the oldest of the owners or overseers on such plantations be and the same are hereby repealed; and the persons so hitherto exempted by said clauses of said act are hereby made subject to military duty in the same manner that they would be had said clauses never been embraced in said act.

Mr. Real. of Ky., introduced a bill to continue in pay all soldiers and sailors wounded in the service of the Government. Referred and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Machen, of Ky., submitted a bill authorizing the acceptance of troops from the States of Kentucky and Missouri for a term of service less than three years. Referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Grockett, of Ky., offered the following joint resolution, declaring the basis upon which alone peace propositions will be offered or entertained by this Government:

Resolved That it is the opinion of Congress that no proposition for peace should be offered, considered, or entertained by this Government, except upon the basis of the entire independence of the Confederacy, as new composed of thirteen independent sovereign States, and the preservation in tact of the territorial integrity of each.

Mr. Grockett stated that he desired briefly to occupy the attention of the House in explanation of this resolution. He was in possession of information touching this subject which he wished to lay before the House. The hour having arrived for the consideration of the special order, he gave way and the bill of the Military Committee to declare what persons shall be exempt from military service, was taken up.

Mr. Conrad. of La., explained the reasons which had influenced him in making the motion to recommit the bill. He thought it better to send the bill back than to consider it with all its objectionable features.

Mr. Miles, of S. C., opposed the motion to recommit. The Military Committee were of the opinion that an entire repeal of all exemptions was requited, and have in a measure yielded to that sentiment, but that if the law were made too sweeping in its effects, it were better to confer upon the Executive Department the authority to suspend its execution; and the bill under consideration contemplates nothing more.

The question coming up on the motion to reconsider the vote recommitting the bill, Mr. McLean, of N. C., called for the ayes and noes; and the pall being sustained, the vote was taken and resulted — ayes 32, noes 28. The House agreeing to reconsider and refusing to recommit the bill to the Military Committee, the amendment yesterday offered by Mr. Pargan, of Ala., which is as follows, was taken up:

‘ "Provided, however, That such judicial and executive officers of any state who, by the laws there of, are or may be liable to perform military service, shall not be exempted by virtues of this act."

Mr. Hilton, of Fla, moved that the House resolve itself into Committee of the Whole, with a view to consider the bill and amendments.

Mr. Boyee, of S. C., rose to submit a privileged motion, that when the House adjourn, it adjourn to meet on Monday next, which was agreed to.

The House then went into Committee of the Whole (Mr. Curry in the Chair,) and took up the bill reported from the Military Committee to declare what persons shall be exempt from military service.

Mr. Smith, of N. C., submitted an amendment to Mr. Dargan's amendment, inserting after the word "service" the words "under the conscript act."

Mr. Corrade. of La., presented the following amendment, with was rejected by Mr. Dargan, and agreed to by the House:

‘ "Provided, That this exemption shall not apply to such officers of any State as may now, or hereafter be made liable to military service in the army of the Confederate States"

Mr. Gartrell, of Geo, submitted the following amendment: "And provided farther, that no person shall be enrolled, who has a substitute in the army, furnished in accordance with orders heretofore issued by the Secretary of War." Pending the consideration of this amendment, the Committee rose, and the Chairman reported that no progress had been made.

Mr. Kenner, from the Committee of Wars and Means reported a bill making appropriations to carry out the bill passed at the last session, increasing the pay of civil officers of the Government.--The bill was read first and second times, engrossed, read a third time and passed.

Mr. Perkine of Louisiana offered a resolution that the President be requested to inform Congress. If not incompatible with the public interest, what stips if any, have been taken to procure the liberation or exchange of persons, who taken from civil life have been transported or confined beyond the limits of the Confederacy, and also whether any and what persons to confined have at the instance of this Government, been set at liberty, Agreed to.

Mr. Chilson. of Ala, introduced a bill to provide for refunding to the State of Alabama the amount overpaid by said State, on account of the war tax of 1861--referred to Committee of Ways and Means.

Mr. Lyons, of Va., offered a resolution requesting the President to inform the House whether Richard otherwise known is Zervona was an officer of the Confederacy at the time of his capture; and the circumstances of his capture, if known to the President, and why he has not been exchanged, Agreed to.

On motion of Mr. Clapp, the House adjourned.

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