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Confederate States Congress.

In the Senate the proceedings were opened with prayer by the Rev. Dr. Minnegerode, of the Episcopal Church.

Mr. Phelan, of Miss., rose to a personal explanation. In some of the morning papers the title of the bill introduced by him on the previous day had been incorrectly reported. The bill did not propose to authorize the President to suspend the writ of habeas corpus, but to make the suspension the result of direct legislative enactment.

Mr. Phelan introduced a bill declaring all persons owing military service to the Confederate States, and who voluntarily depart beyond the boundaries thereof without the written permission of the President, with intent to abandon the same, alien enemies, and subjecting such persons in all respects to the laws in relation to the same. Referred to the Judiciary Committee.

Mr. Henry, of Tenn., introduced a bill to declare certain persons alien enemies, and to sequestrate their estates. This bill also relates to persons who leave, or attempt to leave, the country to avoid military service.

On motion of Mr. Clay, of Ala., joint resolutions of the Legislature of Alabama relative to the enforcement of the conscript laws, were referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Johnson, of Arkansas, from a special committee appointed at the last session, submitted a report on the importance of having accurate reports of the Senate debates, accompanied by a resolution providing for the employment of one or more stenographers to report the debates. The report and resolution were laid upon the table and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Semmes, from the Finance Committee, reported back, with the recommendation that it pass, the bill to authorize the issue of certain bonds for payment to the Alabama and Florida Railroad. Put upon the calendar.

Mr. Semmes also reported back a bill to authorize the issue to the Secretary of the Navy of one million dollars of eight percent bonds, in place of an equal amount sent abroad by him and not disposed of there, when evidence shall be produced that the bonds sent abroad had been cancelled. The bill was passed.

Mr. Semmes, from the same committee, reported, with an amendment, the House bill authorizing the appointment of an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, to be located west of the Mississippi. Placed on the calendar.

The President laid before the Senate a communication from the Secretary of the Treasury in response to a resolution calling for information in regard to the confiscated credits of alien enemies.

Also, a communication from the Secretary of the Provisional Government of the State of Kentucky, announcing the re-election to the Confederate States Senate of the Hon. Wm. E. Simms, for the term of six years.

On motion of Mr. Sparrow, the Senate resolved into secret session.

The House was opened at 11 o'clock with prayer by Rev. Dr. Read.

The Speaker announced as the unfinished business of yesterday the resolution introduced by Mr. Boyee, of South Carolina, that the House take a recess at 4 o'clock each day until 7½ o'clock, until the bills reported from the Committee on Currency are disposed of.

A motion was made to suspend the rules to allow the resolution to be considered; and on this motion the ayes and noes were had, with the following result — ayes 27, noes 30. So the House refused to consider the resolution.

Mr. Lyons, of Va., asked a suspension of the rules to allow him to introduce a resolution that the House meet at 10 o'clock and sit until 4 o'clock, until the currency question is disposed of. The ayes and noes were again called and resulted — ayes 37, noes 24.--So the motion was lost, two-thirds being required.

Mr. Hanly, of Ark., asked a suspension of the rules to allow him to report from the Committee on Indian Affairs the bill referred to it from the Committee of Ways and Means, to provide for the appropriation of $100,000 for the benefit of the Cherokee Indians. The rules were suspended, and the bill taken up and passed by a vote of 66 to 1--Mr. Chilton, of Alabama, voting in the negative.

The Chair laid before the House a joint resolution of the Senate, tendering the thanks of Congress to Major Von Borck.--Also, Senate bill to declare the meaning of an act to lay taxes for the common defence, &c. Both of which were appropriately referred.

The unfinished business — the bill to provide for placing in the service persons claiming to be citizens of the United States--was taken up, and Mr. De Jarnette, of Virginia, addressed the House in opposition to it until the expiration of the morning hour.

Mr. Foote, of Tenn., moved a postponement of the special order to allow him to introduce a resolution providing for the appointment of a committee of three to inquire into the charge of corruption against a member of the House contained in a paragraph in the Examiner, of this morning.--The motion prevailed, and the resolution was agreed to.

Mr. Chilton, of Ala., moved to postpone the special order to allow him to introduce a resolution that when the House adjourn to-day, it adjourn to meet at 10 o'clock A. M. to- morrow. The resolution was adopted.

The House then went into secret session for the consideration of the currency bill.

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