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Virginia Legislature.

[Extra session.]


Saturday, February 4, 1865.

Prayer by Rev. Dr. Read, of the Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Alderson, of Nicholas, offered a resolution that, from on and after Monday next, the Senate will meet at 11 o'clock until otherwise ordered.

On motion of Mr. Johnson, the resolution was laid on the table.

Mr. Newman, of Mason, offered the following joint resolutions, which, on his motion, were referred to the Committee on Confederate Relations:

‘ "Resolved, by the General Assembly of Virginia, That while we anxiously desire and pray for an honorable peace, that it is the part of wisdom and sound policy to employ all the means at our command for the vigorous prosecution of the war, to the end that all our rights may be secured.

2. "That our Senators and Representatives in Congress be, and they are hereby, respectfully but earnestly requested, as speedily as may be, to advocate the adoption of such measures, and the employment of such means, not inconsistent with the Confederate or State Constitutions, as will promptly fill up the ranks of all our armies now in the field.

3. "That our thanks are due, and are hereby tendered, to our soldiers, who have so long and so gallantly fought for the right of self-government; and to sustain them and to provide for their families by all the means in our power in this and the approaching crisis, we hereby pledge our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor."

Mr. Garnett presented a memorial of Dandridge Ball, of Henrico, asking compensation for damages done his property by Confederate troops, which was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

On motion of Mr. Christian, of Augusta, the Senate rescinded the standing rule to go into secret session at 1 o'clock each day.

The Senate--12 1-2 o'clock--then resolved itself into secret session, and when the doors were opened, adjourned.

House of Delegates.

Prayer by Rev. Mr. August, of the Methodist Church.

Mr. Magruder, from the Committee for Courts of Justice, reported a bill to increase the fees of surveyors. Also, a bill to amend the Code so as to increase the fees of notary publics.

Mr. Treadway introduced a bill to increase the salaries of the Professors of the University.

The Committee on Confederate Relations reported back the resolution relative to putting slaves in the army, and asked that the same be referred to the select committee on the subject; which was agreed to.

After some other business, of a routine character, the House went into secret session for the consideration of business on the secret calendar.

When the doors re-opened, the House adjourned.

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