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Virginia Legislature.

[Extra session.]


Thursday, February 2, 1865.
Prayer by Rev. Mr. Read, of the Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Coghill, from the Committee of Courts of Justice, reported the following bills:

‘ To supply the people of the city of Richmond with fuel. [The bill appoints a superintendent of coal, who shall procure, mine and transport and distribute coal for the city. He is to give bond for the faithful performance of his duties.]

’ To amend the second section of chapter one hundred and eighty four of the Code, so as to increase the fees of surveyors.

The Committee of Finance reported a bill imposing taxes for the support of the Government.

On motion, the Committee on Finance was increased one member by the addition of the Senator from Warren, Mr. Thomas.

A bill to amend an act in relation to the payment of certain claims against the Eastern Lunatic Asylum was taken up, explained by the Senator from Middlesex, and passed.

A bill to authorize county and corporation courts to act on militia fines in the hands of the collectors of the same, and on claims against the militia, was taken up and passed and sent to the House for its concurrence.

Mr. Nash moved to take up House bill to provide for the payment of claims due to clerks, attorneys and jailors, on the certification of judges in vacation, for services actually rendered, when, by reason of the public enemy, the courts cannot be held. The bill was debated and then rejected.

Mr. Hart, of Albemarle, called up a bill providing for an increase of the salaries of the professors of the University and to provide for the education of disabled and wounded soldiers. The bill increases the salaries of the professors to four thousand five hundred dollars and appropriates seventy thousand dollars to the education of disabled soldiers.

The bill was advocated by Messrs. Hart and Hunter, and opposed by Mr. Johnson, of Bedford, and was finally passed.

Mr. Christian, of Augusta, offered a resolution that the members of the Legislature of North Carolina, now in this city on official business, be invited to privileged seats on the floor of the Senate, which was adopted; and Messrs.

Christian and Nash were appointed a committee to inform them of the fact.

The committee, after a short retirement, returned and introduced Judge Perkins, of North Carolina, to the Senate.

A resolution was adopted requesting the Committee on Confederate Relations to inquire what remedy is necessary to protect citizens of this Commonwealth against the arbitrary impressment of quartermasters.

An act to change the time of the election of members of Congress and the General Assembly to the fourth Thursday in April was under consideration when the hour arrived for the Senate to go into secret session, and after a short time spent therein, the doors were opened and the Senate adjourned.

House of Delegates.

The following new bills were introduced from committees:

‘ A bill concerning license taxes.

’ A bill to provide for the payment of certain claims against the penitentiary.

A bill to amend and re-enact section one of chapter seven of the Code of Virginia, changing the time of holding elections.

A bill to provide additional employment for convicts in the penitentiary and a supply of coal.

The bill to prohibit and punish the purchase and sale of gold and silver coin was taken up, and was going through its amendatory process, when the North Carolina Commissioners entered the hall, and were conducted to seats at the right of the Speaker's chair.

On motion of Mr. Pendleton, a recess of ten minutes was taken, and the members were introduced, individually, to the Commissioners.

The consideration of the gold bill was continued until the House went into secret session.

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