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.
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.
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.
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.
, 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.
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.