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Virginia Legislature.
[Extra session.]


Friday, January 6, 1865.

Mr. Johnson, of Bedford, President pro. tem., called the Senate to order at 12 o'clock M. The Rev. Dr. Leyburn, of the Presbyterian Church, led in prayer.

Mr. Alderson offered a resolution, which was agreed to, instructing the Committee for Courts of Justice to inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill more effectually to prevent the distillation of grain into ardent spirits.

Mr. Johnson, of Bedford, introduced a resolution instructing the Joint Committee on Salt to inquire into the expediency of providing, by law, for a maximum price of salt and to guard against an excess over such maximum price by proper penalties. Agreed to.

On motion of Mr. Christian, of Augusta, the Senate adjourned.

House of Delegates.

The House met at noon, and was opened with prayer by Rev. J. B. Taylor, missionary to the army.

On motion of Mr. Haymond, of Marion, the House proceeded, without ascertaining whether a quorum was present, to the disposal of business, the question of a quorum to be settled when that point was raised in the proceedings.

Mr. Tomlin, of King William, submitted a letter from Harold Snowden, member of the House from Alexandria county, tendering his resignation as a member of the body upon the ground that the Secretary of War had denied him a furlough from the military service to fill his seat in the House.

After a lengthy discussion, a resolution, offered by Mr. Pendleton, of Ohio, was adopted, directing the Committee on Confederate Relations to inquire and report upon the case.

Mr. Fry, of Madison, submitted a memorial, adopted by the county court of Madison county, complaining of grievous and unwarranted impressments in that county by Confederate officers just upon the heel of the late Yankee raids, that left the people barely a sufficient subsistence for themselves. The subject was referred to a joint select committee of the two Houses.

A resolution, offered by Mr. Pendleton, and adopted, directs the Committee on Finance to inquire into the expediency of providing, by law, for the collection of the amount due by the Confederate States to the States of Virginia, reported to the auditing board as exceeding eight millions of dollars, and paying the same into the treasury, to be applied to the current expenses, so as to avoid the necessity of taxation during the year 1865.

Mr. Flood introduced a resolution looking to the appointment of commissioners to make sale of so much of the stock owned by the State in the joint stock companies as may be necessary to meet any deficiency in the treasury for the expenses incurred, or to be incurred, during the fiscal year; such deficiency to be reported by the Auditor of Public Accounts to the said commissioners. The resolution was adopted.

Mr. Cox submitted a resolution looking to the purchase, by the State of Virginia, of the life- size portrait of General Robert E. Lee, now being painted by Mr. Edward C. Bruce, artist, and appointed a committee of five of the House, and three of the Senate to ascertain if the portrait can be purchased; if so, at what price, and to report to the General Assembly.

A message was received from the Governor in relation to the distillation of liquor for the use of the Government, and covering a communication on the same subject from the Secretary of War and an opinion of the prohibitory law from the Attorney-General. The same were ordered to be laid on the table and printed.

After some other business, the House adjourned.

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