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Confederate Congress.


Wednesday, November 23, 1864.
The Senate met at 12 o'clock M. Prayer by the Rev. J. C. McCabe, of the Episcopal church.

Mr. Walker, of Alabama, introduced a bill to repeal the act amending the act organizing military courts to attend the army in the field.

The important provisions of the bill are: that it repeals the above-mentioned act, and provides that hereafter the provost-marshal and clerks of said courts shall be appointed from among disabled officers and soldiers; that the rank, etc., of the provost-marshal shall be the same as in the aforesaid act; and allows the clerks the rations, etc., of enlisted men and forage for a horse. The bill was referred to the Military Committee.

Senate joint resolution relative to the assessment of the value of the tax in kind was, after discussion, on motion, by Mr. Barnwell, of South Carolina, referred to the Committee on Finance.

The bill to authorize the President, by and with three commissioners for of the Senate, to appoint one with the rank, etc., of colonel; the prisoners, with the rank, etc., of lieutenant-colonel, was considered and passed.

Senate bill reported from the Judiciary Committee as a substitute for the bill to amend the "act establishing the judicial courts of the Confederate States," approved March, 16, 1861, was passed. It allows parties having suits decided in the Confederate District Courts twelve months after the organization of the Supreme Court of the Confederate States wherein to sue out writs of error; provided, that if Congress, in re-establishing said Supreme Court, shall deny it appellate jurisdiction in the cases designated in the forty-fifth section of the act above-mentioned; then the said court shall not have jurisdiction to re-examine judgments in such cases.

Senate bill for extending the assessment of prices for the army to all citizens of the Confederate States, reported upon adversely by the Military Committee, was taken up, and, on motion, by Mr. Sparrow, its further consideration postponed till Monday next.

On motion, by Mr. Henry, of Tennessee, Senate joint resolutions defining the position of the Confederate States, and declaring the determination of the Congress and the people thereof to prosecute the war till their independence is acknowledged, were taken up and made the special order for one o'clock, P. M. on Tuesday next.

On motion, by Mr. Barnwell, the Senate resolved into secret session.

House of Representatives.

The House was opened with prayer by the Rev. Mr. Baker.

Mr. Russell, of Virginia, introduced a bill to prevent frauds, including embezzlement and larceny of the property of the Confederate States.

Mr. Lester, of Georgia, introduced a bill to suppress associations and combinations against the Confederate States. Referred.

Mr. Smith, of Georgia, introduced a bill to abolish the passport system. Referred.

Mr. Lester, of Georgia, introduced a resolution calling for information as to whether officers in the field have been permitted to purchase clothing, as authorized by act of Congress. Adopted.

Mr. Perkins, of Louisiana, introduced a resolution that the Finance Committee consider the suggestion of the Secretary of the Treasury as to the expediency of the Government purchasing all the cotton in the Confederacy. Adopted.

Mr. Clark, of Missouri, introduced a resolution calling upon the President to furnish the House with a list of the employees in the Treasury, War and Post-Office Departments, with their ages and the States from which they were appointed; also, the various bureaux of the War Department, and the act creating them. Adopted.

Mr. Farrow, of South Carolina, offered a resolution that the Committee on Ways and Means inquire into the expediency of requiring the tax on manufactures to be paid in kind. Adopted.

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

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