Friday, December 16, 1864.
At noon, the Senate met. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Doggett
The joint resolution from the two Houses providing for the adjournment of the General Assembly from Wednesday, the 21st instant, to Wednesday, the 9th of January, 1865, was taken up and finally passed.
The Committee for Courts of Justice were instructed to inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill prohibiting the institution of any suit in the courts of this Commonwealth upon any cause of action which may have been the subject of any suit in the pretended courts of the usurped governments in Western
and Eastern Virginia
; such suit, at recovery, to be placed in bar at any time before trial, and the same to constitute grounds for injunction.
A resolution was offered by Mason
, of Marion
, instructing the Committee
for Courts of Justice to consider the expediency of impressing, for public use, the coal mines near the city of Richmond
, and so operating them that the State
institutions and officers, as well as the inhabitants of the city and its environs, be seasonably supplied with fuel at reasonable rates.
On motion of Mr. Newton
House of Delegates.
met at noon, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Jeter
The bill fixing the per diem of members at forty dollars per day; the Speaker
of the House
of the Senate at fifty dollars; the Doorkeeper, Sergeant-at-Arms, Assistant Clerk
, etc., at forty dollars; the Pages at fifteen dollars per diem, was ordered to its third reading.
The bill to increase and fix the pay of certain offices of the Government
was taken up, amended, discussed and advanced to its engrossment.
The bill provides for an increase on the salaries now paid of one hundred per cent., to date from July 1, 1864.
The remainder of the session was consumed in the discussion of a resolution recommending the removal of the Virginia Military Institute from Richmond
to some other point.
Randolph Macon College, Lynchburg
, and several other points, were named, and the matter rested with the adoption of the resolution.