General Assembly of Virginia.
Friday, January 22d
Senate--Senate met at 12 o'clock, and was called to order by Mr. Johnson
, of Bedford
, and opened with prayer by Rev. O. H. Read
The bill allowing J. Thornton
to remove certain in slaves from Virginia
to North Carolina
, was taken up and passed, with an amendment providing that the field a description of said slaves in the office of the county from which the removed them.
The resolution declaring Lieut entitled to the pay and of the public Gus'd since April, 1861, because of the absence of Colonel Dimmick
, of the Post, was taken up and passed.
The Governor sent in the annual report of the Board of Visitors of the Virginia Military Institute. Three thousand dollars was asked for to provide additional hospital accommodations for cadets, and in the annuity of $1,500 was called for to provide a Matron, Surgeon
and attendants for same.
The academy was represented as in a good condition.
Report referred to Committee on Military Affairs.
presented petitions from the clerks of Botetourt Bedford
, town of Lynchburg
, asking an increase of fees.
Laid on the table.
The following resolutions of inquiry into expediency were offered: By Mr. Wiley
, of refunding to Jas. H. Todd
a sum of money be him erroneously paid into the treasury; by Mr. Johnson
, of refunding to Wm. W. Leftwich
, of Bedford county
, taxes on land erroneously assented and paid into the Treasury; by Mr. Seeton
, of amending act of Oct, 3d, 1863, indemnifying citizens of Virginia
by enlarging the class of citizens liable under said act.
On motion of Mr. Beverly Dorg
as, the Senate adjourned.
House of Delegates.--The House
met at 12 o'clock M — Prayer by Rev. Mr. Peterkin
Resolutions of Inquiry
--By Mr. Thomas
, into the existency of providing payment for a slave belonging to B. B. & B W. Cooley
, condemned to be hung out who died prior to execution; by Mr.
what is is necessary to protect citizens of this State from arrest by Confederate officers under the pretext of gathering conscripts, and arresting deserters; by Mr. McCamant
, into the expediency of securing the tittles of lands of loyal citizens in the possession of the enemy; by Mr. Tread
way into the expediency of appropriating a sum of money from the Literary Fund for the education of indigent young men, who may be disabled in the present war.
, from the Committee
The be respectfully to commun this House
any correspondence between himself and the President
of the Confederate States
touching the terms upon which exchange may be made of prisoners captured by the State
troops of Virginia
and referred to in his message of January, 1863. That he also inform this House
whether Capt. Durkey
, Lieut. Vanner
, and Col. Zarvous
, have been commissioned by him, and if so, when and under what law, or ordinance such commissions were issued, and in what branch of the State
service they were employed when captured by the enemy.
, offered a resolution, that when this House
adjourn, it adjourns until Tuesday next.
Objection being made, the resolution was laid over.
A message was received from the Governor
, enclosing the report of the Board of Visitors to the Military Institute, at Lexington
, asking for additional hospital arrangements an appropriation of 3,000 for the benefit of that institution, and an increase of $1,500 to its annuity fund.
Laid on the table and ordered to be printed.
On motion of Mr. Newton
, the resolutions reported yesterday by the Committee
on Confidence Relations relative to impressments, were taken up and read.
moved to amend the first , by striking out the words should be regulated by law, and insert, "but no officer or agent of either of said governments can rightfully exercise such power, except by authority of law"
The amendment gave rise to an extended discussion, in the progress of which both the necessity and propriety, as well as the legality, of such amendment was fully elaborated by Messrs. Burkes
, and others.
moved the previous question, and the question having been divided, the vote was first taken upon striking out from the original resolution the words, "should be regulated by law,"
Upon this motion the ayes and noes were demanded, and resulted — ayes 37, noes 34.
The question then recurring upon the amendment, Mr. Burkes
demanded the ayes and noes.
moved to amend the amendment by inserting at the end of the resolution, "except in cases of extreme necessity." The vote was taken by ayes and noes, as follows: ayes 20 noes 54.
So the amendment to the amendment was defeated, and the amendment coming up for consideration, Mr. Harrison
moved the previous question, and the roll was called as follows: ayes 59, noes 16--so the amendment was adopted.
A motion was made to adjourn, but failed to carry, and the House
proceeded to the further consideration of the report in hand, which resulted in its adoption.
On motion of Mr. Grattan
, at 3 o'clock the House