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Virginia Legislature.
[extra session.]


Senate.

Saturday, January 7, 1865.
The Senate was called to order by Mr. Johnson, of Bedford, President pro tem. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Leyburn.

A communication was received from the House of Delegates announcing that body had passed a resolution referring a communication received from the County Court of Madison, asking the suspension of impressments in that county, to a joint committee, to consider and report on the same. The Senate appointed Messrs. Newman, of Madison; Tayloe, of King George, and Wiley, as the co-operating committee with the House.

The Senate agreed to a resolution passed by the House of Delegates providing for the appointment of a committee of five on the part of the House and three on the part of the Senate to call on Mr. Edmund Bruce with a view of ascertaining whether the life-size portrait of General R. E. Lee, now being completed by him, can be purchased for the State of Virginia, and thereupon the President pro tem. appointed Messrs. Garrison, Nash and Garnett as said committee on the part of the Senate.

A communication received from the Second Auditor in response to a resolution of the Senate calling for a report of the arrears of interest due on the funded debt of the State since January 1, 1861, was read, and, on motion of Mr. Newman, of Mason, referred to Committee on Finance.

The Senate then went into secret session on motion of Mr. Armstrong, of Hampshire, after which, on the opening of the doors, it adjourned.


House of Delegates.

The House assembled at noon, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Mr. Taylor, army missionary.

The following bills were introduced:

By Mr. Brooke, from the Committee of Courts of Justice.--A bill amendatory of the act declaring what contracts shall be payable in currency.

By Mr. Anderson, from the Military Committee.--A bill amending and re-enacting the act disbanding the One Hundred and Seventy-ninth regiment of Virginia Militia and re-organizing the Nineteenth regiment.

By Mr. Bouldin, from the Committee on Finance.--A bill to authorize the County Court of Augusta to make an additional levy for the support of the soldiers' families.

A communication was received from the Governor, enclosing one from the President of the Board of Public Works in response to a resolution of the House calling for reports of the operations at the salt works, etc., which communications were referred to the Committee on Salt.

Mr. Matthews offered a resolution creating a joint committee to examine the books and accounts of the commercial agent of Virginia, which was adopted.

Mr. Haymond, of Braxton, called up his resolution changing the hour for the assembling of the House from 12 M. to 11 A. M.; and the resolution was lost.

Mr. Magruder introduced a resolution making it obligatory upon express, railroad and other transportation companies to give precedence in transportation to goods belonging to the commercial agent of Virginia over all freight shipped on private account. The resolution was amended so as to include all State property, and stipulating that the same shall be carried at lower rates.

Mr. Hall, of Wetzel, introduced a resolution expressive of the sense of the House at the removal of General Joseph E. Johnston from command; declaring that the interest of the State and the Confederacy would be advanced by his return to the field, and instructing the Committee on Confederate Relations so to inform the President. The resolution lies over under the rules.

Mr. Duvall submitted a resolution to authorize the Governor to impress salt in the hands of speculators for the use of the State; which resolution was adopted.

A number of bills were advanced to their engrossment.

On motion of Mr. Bouldin, the tax bill was made the order of the day for Monday at 1 o'clock, and every day thereafter until disposed of.

On motion, the House adjourned.

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