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Confederate States Congress.

Friday, March 20th, 1863.

Senate--The Senate met at 12 o'clock. M. Mr. Hunter, of Va., in the chair. Prayer by Rev. J. A. Duncan.

The following joint resolution, offered by Mr. Mitchell, of Arkansas, was referred to the Military Committee.

Resolved, By the Congress of the Confederate States, that the clerks and employees in the U. S. Arsenal, at Richmond, are entitled to the provisions of the act approved Oct. 13 1862. for increase of compensation, and shall be paid the rate of increase therein provided, from the passage of said act, for such time as in therein limited.

The Senate were offered the use of the Virginia Senate during the redness of the General Assembly Mr. Sparrow off are a resolution providing, with the assent of the House, that both bodies adjourn sins dis on Monday, April 6th, at 2 o'clock, P. M.-- Mr. Wigfall was opposed to fixing a day, as it induced hasty legislation, Mr. Sparrow was willing to postpone consideration until Monday. Mr. Wigfall thought the Senator not fear that Congress would stay any longer then duty required them, the expenses of members being greater than their pay. The object now was to clear the calendar. Mr. Clerk thought that the Tex bill should be disposed of before any motion to adjourn was considered. Laid over until Monday.

The Senate resumed the consideration of the bill to establish a court for the investigation of claims against the Government of the Confederate States, the pending question being on the adoption of the amendment of Mr. Semmes of to the 2d section, limiting the jurisdiction of the court to claims. "founded upon any law of Congress, or upon any regulation of an executive department, or upon any contract, express or implied, with the Government of the Confederate States." The bill gives the court jurisdiction of all claims against the Government. The amendment was rejected. The balance of the day was consumed in discussing various amendments offered to the bill.

House of Representatives--House met at 11 o'clock and was called to order by the Speaker.

Senate bill entired an act to organise the Supreme Court of the Confederate States, was taken up, read first and second times, and referred to Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Wilcox, of Texas, moved that the House go into secret session, and, on the vote being taken, it was ascertained that no quorum was present.

Mr. Mr Queen, of S. C., moved a call of the House, which was proceeded with until a quorum was found present.

Mr. Wilcox then renewed his motion to go into secret session, and it was agreed to; and the House went into secret session, and resumed the consideration of the Tax bill.

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