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The Legislature.

--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.

Mr. Haymond, 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.

The House adjourned at an early hour, to afford the Speaker an opportunity of completing the appointment of his committees.

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