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Confederate Congress.


Tuesday, January 31, 1865.
Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Minnegerode, of the Episcopal Church.

On motion, by Mr. Wigfall, House bill to authorize the consolidation of companies, battalions and regiments, sent back from the House with a request for a conference, that body having refused to concur in Senate amendments thereto, was taken up; and, on motion of Mr. Wigfall, it was ordered that the Senate insist upon its amendments to the bill and agree to a conference.

The Chair appointed Messrs. Henry, Wigfall and Vest the committee of conference on the part of the Senate.

House bill to provide for sequestrating the property of persons liable to military service who have departed, or shall depart, from the Confederate States without permission, being the unfinished business of the previous day, was taken up, and Mr. Garland having the floor, addressed the Senate at length in favor of the bill.

Mr. Semmes followed in remarks in opposition to the constitutionality of the bill.

Mr. Hill moved to go into executive session, but gave way to Mr. Semmes, who offered the following, which was agreed to:

‘ --Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate of the Senate be directed to present to present to the Attorney-General, to be filed in the Department of Justice, the act entitled 'an act to authorize newspapers to be mailed to soldiers free of postage,' together with the certificates of the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Representatives, showing that the said act was passed by a vote of two-thirds of both Houses of Congress after the objections of the President of the Confederate States thereto had been received, and after the reconsideration of the said act by both Houses of Congress in accordance with the Constitution."

’ The Senate went into secret session; and the doors being opened, on motion, by Mr. Vest, the Senate reconsidered and passed House joint resolution construing the act of 13th of January, 1864, increasing the compensation of the officers and employees of the executive and civil departments in Richmond, to include the Medical Purveyor's office, Transportation office, and such other offices in Richmond as have been establishod by the said executive and civil departments.

On motion, by Mr. Haynes, the Senate adjourned.

House of Representatives.

The House met at the usual hour. Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Hoge.

The Speaker laid before the House the bill to allow newspapers to be mailed to soldiers free of postage, with the message of the President vetoing the same and the proceedings of the Senate thereon, that body having passed the bill over the veto by the requisite two-thirds vote.

The constitutional question raised by the President was discussed by Messrs. Smith, of North Carolina; Staples and Baldwin, of Virginia, and Boyce, of South Carolina, in favor of the passage of the bill over the veto of the President, and Mr. Sexton, of Texas, in support of the position taken by the Executive.

The question being ordered on the passage of the bill, the objections of the President to the contrary notwithstanding, was decided in the affirmative — yeas, 63; nays, 13. So the bill is now a law without the President's approval.

Mr. Goode, of Virginia, introduced joint resolutions of thanks to the officers and men of the Ninth, Fourteenth and Fifty-seventh regiments of Virginia infantry, in response to certain patriotic resolutions adopted by them and presented to Congress. The resolutions were unanimously adopted.

Mr. Ewing, of Kentucky, introduced resolutions (founded upon a recent attempt in the Legislature of North Carolina to call a convention of States to amend the Constitution so as to prohibit States overrun by the enemy from being represented in Congress, except as territories, and which received thirty nine out of ninety-seven votes,) instructing the Committee on the Judiciary to inquire whether any member from such States is holding his seat in violation of the Constitution; and, if so, instructing the committee to report a bill repealing all laws, or parts of laws, so far as they affect such States.

After an animated discussion,

On motion of Mr. Atkins, the resolutions were laid on the table — yeas, 54; nays, 24.

The House then resolved into secret session, and having spent some time therein, the doors were re-opened and the House adjourned.

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