Tuesday, January 24, 1865.
At 12 o'clock the Senate was called to order.
Prayer by Rev. Dr. Burrows
, of the Baptist Church.
A communication was received from the Governor
, covering resolutions passed by the Texas Legislature on the subject of peace.
, of Craig
, made a motion that the communication and resolutions be laid upon the table and ordered to be printed; but subsequently withdrew his motion, to enable Mr. Keen
, of Pittsylvania
, to introduce a resolution declaring the sentiments of the Texas Legislature fully in accordance with those entertained by the General Assembly of Virginia
, and ordering fifty thousand copies to be printed for distribution among the soldiers of the Confederate armies.
Pending the consideration of a motion, made by Mr. Quesenberry
, to refer the resolutions to the Committee
on Confederate Relations, the Senate took a recess for ten minutes, in order to allow members an opportunity to be introduced to Captain Semmes
, late commander
of the Alabama
, who then made his appearance in the hall.
The time having expired, Mr. Quesenberry
's motion to refer was taken up and adopted.
, from the Committee
on Military Affairs, to whom a memorial from the proprietors of the religious papers asking exemption for their employees had been referred, reported a resolution requesting the Governor
to relieve from ordinary militia duty certain employees of the religious newspapers of Richmond
The order of the day from yesterday being Mr. Douglas
's substitute of House
bill on the subject of purchase and distribution of supplies for indigent families of soldiers and others within the limits of the Commonwealth
, was then taken up and discussed till the arrival of the hour for going into secret session.
After a short time spent therein, the doors were opened and the Senate adjourned.
House of Delegates.
was called to order at 12 M. by Speaker Pendleton
, of Ohio county
, in the chair.
The Speaker laid before the body a series of joint resolutions, adopted by the Legislature of Texas
, on the subject of the war, peace and independence, and affirming that independence is the only basis upon which peace can be re-established.
Pending a discussion growing out of a motion to print and refer the resolutions, the House
went into secret session on motion of Mr. Deane
, of Camp bell.