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Confederate Congress.


Thursday, November 17, 1864.
The Senate met at 12 o'clock M., and the proceedings were opened with prayer by the Rev. Dr. Burrows, of the Baptist church.

Mr. Walker, of Alabama, introduced a bill to extend to postmasters the provisions of the law in relation to the receipt by Government officers of counterfeit treasury notes. Referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr. Maxwell, of Florida, offered the following, which was agreed to:

‘ "Resolved, That the President be requested to inform the Senate, in open or secret session, as he may deem advisable whether he has information that any State of the United States has, through any of her recognized authorities, directly or indirectly, expressed a willingness to go into convention with the States of this Confederacy for the purpose of negotiating a peace or consulting on the best method of effecting a cessation of hostilities; and to communicate such information to the Senate, if not incompatible with the public interest."

Mr. Sparrow offered the following, which was agreed to:

"Resolved, That the President be requested to communicate to the Senate the number of persons in each State exempted from military service upon the certificate of the Governors, respectively, that they are officers necessary for the proper administration of the governments of said States."

Mr. Sparrow introduced a bill to authorize the President to receive into the military service such companies, battalions and regiments composed of foreigners as may offer themselves, and to appoint their officers. Referred to the Military Committee.

Mr. Semmes, of Louisiana, introduced a bill to extend to the 1st of August, 1865, the time within which treasury notes of the old issue may be exchanged for new issue, and to suspend until that time the tax of one hundred per cent. imposed on said notes. Referred to the Committee on Finance.

Mr. Brown, of Mississippi, introduced a bill to prevent illegal impressments and to punish lawlessness. [The bill prohibits all impressments except those authorized by law, and requires impressing agents to furnish the person whose property is taken with a copy of the law under which they are acting; and in case the impressment is made in extreme military necessity, to furnish the owner of the property with a written statement of the necessity, and how it came about.] The bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee.

Mr. Haynes offered the following, which was agreed to:

‘ "Resolved, That the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of a re-organization of the cavalry in the Confederate service, and of mounting and equipping them at the expense of the Government."

’ On motion of Mr. Walker, of Alabama, the Senate resolved into secret session. The doors being re-opened, adjourned.

House of Representatives.

The House was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Peterkin.

On motion of Mr. Chilton, of Alabama, the House proceeded to consider the resolution concerning the disloyalty of Hon. Williamson R. W. Cobb.

One of the witnesses against Mr. Cobb deposed: that when the Yankee troops passed up the Chattanooga river, just before the Chattanooga battle, Mr. Cobb came to his door and said he wanted to see the United States flag once more unfurled to the breeze. He took the flag and embraced and kissed it.

The resolution expelling Mr. Cobb was adopted — yeas, 75; nays, 0.

The Speaker laid before the House a communication from the President covering reports of General G. T. Beauregard of battles round Morris island during the months of August and September, 1863. Ordered to be printed.

Mr. J. M. Leach, of North Carolina, offered a resolution instructing the Committee on the Quartermaster and Commissary Departments to ascertain why the hospitals for sick and wounded soldiers are not better supplied with wood and coal. Adopted.

On motion, the House resolved into secret session; and having re-opened, adjourned.

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