--Nearly the whole time of the two Houses of the General Assembly, yesterday, was spent in the preparation of business for future action.
A communication from the Governor
was received transmitting a report from Capt. McDaniel
in reference to river defences.
The Governor recommends that Capt. McD
be allowed the privilege of explaining his plan before the Military Committees
of the two Houses.
The message of the Governor
and the report of Capt. McDaniel
were appropriately referred.
A large number of resolutions of inquiry were offered in both Houses and referred to the several committees, among them one to provide for the suppression of the traffic in gold by State legislation.
In the Senate
a resolution was adopted restricting, as far as practicable, the legislation of the extra session to the topics embraced in, and the subjects recommended in, the Message of the Governor
In the House Mr. Robinson
, of Berkeley
, offered a resolution for the appointment of a special committee to examine into the office of the Treasurer of the Commonwealth
, and ascertain the number of clerks employed there, otherwise subject to conscription, and to report whether their places could not be as efficiently filled by discharged and disabled soldiers.
The resolution was laid upon the table.
, of Marion
, offered a resolution, which was agreed to, that the Committee
on Finance inquire into the expediency of cancelling the bonds of the State of Virginia
in the hands of the Government
of the United States
and the citizens thereof, and, also, to require that all coupon bonds
of the State
on which interest is hereafter to be paid be exchanged for registered bonds
within a given time.
adjourned at an early hour, to afford the Speaker
an opportunity of completing the appointment of his committees.