Tuesday, February 7, 1865.
The Senate was called to order at 12 o'clock. Prayer by Rev. Jas. B. Taylor, Jr.
Patriotic resolutions, adopted by the officers and soldiers of Witcher
's cavalry, were read and referred to the Committee
on Confederate Relations.
A bill providing for an increase of the fees of Commonwealth's attorneys in cases of conviction was reported from the Committee
for Courts of Justice.
Joint resolutions in response to the failure of our peace commissioners to come to any satisfactory adjustment of our national difficulties with Lincoln
were introduced by Messrs. Guy
, of Goochland
, and Collier
, of Petersburg
, and appropriately referred.
The Senate bill providing for the purchase of fuel, to be supplied to the inhabitants of Richmond
at reduced prices, was taken from the calendar, and being on its engrossment,
, of Fairfax
, proposed to amend the bill by including Petersburg
, sustaining his amendment in a speech of about twenty minutes, during which he expressed himself as opposed to the measure generally.
The amendment was opposed by Mr. Neeson
at considerable length, during which he produced cogent reasons why the bill, as reported from the committee, should pass.
The subject was further discussed, in opposition, by Messrs. Nash
, of Chesterfield
, and Collier
, of Petersburg
; and afterwards,
On motion of Mr. Christian
, of Augusta
, the bill was laid upon the table, the amendment of Mr. Dulancy
having previously been voted down.
The following joint resolution, introduced by Mr. Dulancy
, was read a first and second time and passed, the rules being suspended for that purpose:
"Resolved by the General Assembly of Virginia,
That a committee of three on the part of the Senate and five on the part of the House of Delegates be appointed to inquire into, and report on, some suitable testimonial to the Virginia
soldiers now in the field, and those who have been retired by reason of disability."
The President appointed, as the Senate's committee, Messrs. Dulancy
offered a resolution providing for the appointment of a committee of three to propose to the Senate a suitable response to the answer given by the Federal Government
to the Commissioners
sent by the Confederate States
to treat for peace.
The resolution was agreed to, and Messrs. Guy
were appointed as the committee.
On motion of Mr. Marshall
, the Senate then went into secret session,
House of Delegates.
met at 12 M. and went immediately into secret session on the unfinished business of yesterday.
When the doors were opened, Mr. Haymond
, of Marion
, moved, by resolution, that the order of the House
closing the doors at one o'clock P. M., every day, be rescinded; and the resolution rescinding the same was agreed to. So the doors remained open.
The Committee on Finance reported a substitute for the bill to supply Virginia
soldiers in the field with boots, clothing, blankets, etc.
A bill was reported organizing a department of agriculture, manufactures and commerce.
, from the Military Committee, made an effort to take up the bill to organize the Home Guard for local defence of the Commonwealth
, but the House
refused to take up the bill.
The injunction of secrecy was removed from the following joint resolution, adopted in secret session by both Houses of the General Assembly:
That the General Assembly, confiding in the integrity and resolute purpose of the President
to use every means in his power to advance the public good, and also confiding in the military skill and ability of General Jos. E. Johnston
, and believing his appointment to command would add to the efficiency of our armies and be in accordance with the general sentiment of the people, is of the opinion that the assignment of General Joseph E. Johnston
to active service would promote the best interests of the country. "
[Passed by the House
January 24th, and agreed to in the Senate February 2d, 1865.]
The commercial agency bill was taken up and discussed until the hour for the order of the day — the bill for the completion of the branch of the Covington
and Ohio railroad.