--In the Senate,
yesterday, the following are the most important of the resolutions of inquiry offered:
By Mr. Spitler
: Of making it compulsory on the County
Courts to provide for the support of the destitute families of soldiers.
By Mr. Stephenson
: Of granting to debtors the privilege of tendering in payment of all debts now due, or that may become due during the war, Confederate States
Treasury notes in payment, and in case the creditor refuses to receive said notes, then, in that case, the interest on said debt to cease from the date of said tender.
By Mr. Coghill
: Of authorizing the County
Courts to levy a tax in kind, or a money tax, for the support of soldiers' families.
By the same: Of authorizing the County
Courts, before conviction of a slave for an offence punishable with transportation, to arrest proceedings, upon the owner entering into bonds for the sale of said slave in the mode now prescribed by law for the sale of negro convicts.
By Mr. Guy
: Of placing in the public service all free negroes who are now undergoing, or may hereafter incur, sentence of confinement in any county or corporation jail in punishment for any misdemeanor committed.
introduced a bill to require the county Courts to provide for the destitute families of soldiers, and also to appropriate $50,000 for the relief of such families within the enemy's lines Referred.
The Senate then renewed the consideration of the bill to outlaw deserters from the Confederate
The bill was still under discussion when the Senate adjourned.
In the House,
the Senate joint resolution authorizing the Second Auditor to receive the sum of $1,000,000, with interest, loaned to the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad Company by act of Assembly of Feb. 9, 1853, but not yet due by the terms of the loan, was referred.
The Speaker presented a communication from the Governor
, transmitting a pamphlet from Capt. B. J. Sage
, relative to "private warfare," which was referred to the Military Committee; and another enclosing, a report from the Superintendent
of the Penitentiary, which, without being read, was referred to the Committee
The resolutions of inquiry offered were numerous, among them the following: By Mr. Lundy
--Of giving to county and corporation Courts the power of impressing articles purchased for purposes of speculation, for the benefit of the indigent poor, at prices paid by the Confederate Government.
By Mr. Worsham
--Of exempting-from the license tax distillers of ardent spirits from molasses, cane or sorghum.
By Mr. Walker
, of Rockingham
— Of inquiring into the expediency of selling the slave convicts in the State Penitentiary
By Mr. English
--Of ascertaining the rates of toll on the York river railroad.
By Mr. Haymond
, of Braxton
— Of enrolling the officers and students of educational institutions exempt from conscription into separate companies, so that they may be drilled and officered by members of said institutions.
By Mr. Saunders
, of Richmond
— Of providing for the support of persons driven from their homes by the public enemy.
On motion of Mr. Goode
, a resolution offered by him yesterday, to instruct our Senators
and request our Representatives in Congress to urge the payment for slaves who have died in, or escaped from, the Confederate
service, was taken up, and, after much discussion, was referred to a select committee.