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Virginia Legislature.

[Extra session.]


Saturday, February 11, 1865.
The Senate was called to order at noon.

House bill providing for the completion of the Covington and Ohio railroad and the construction of the branches thereof, read twice and referred to Committee on Roads and Internal Improvements.

Mr. Newton, from the Committee on Military Affairs, reported a bill providing for the exemption from the military service of the State, or in any reserved force of this Commonwealth, of certain employees and mechanics in the service of any railroad company in this State.

The Committee for Courts of Justice, to whom had been referred a resolution as to the expediency of amending the Code in relation to the jurisdiction of circuit courts in cases of divorce, reporting it inexpedient to make the change.

The following joint resolution, which over under the rules, was offered by Mr. Keen:

‘ "Resolved by the General Assembly, That our Senators are hereby instructed, and our members of Congress requested, to advance the passage of a law providing for the payment of at least two months salaries of the soldiers of the army in gold or silver coin, and a general amnesty bill for all absentees or deserters from the army of the Confederate States."

’ The Senate, on motion of Mr. Hunter, went into secret session.

House of Delegates.

The House met at 12 M.

Mr. Bouldin, from the committee, reported a bill to provide fuel for sick and wounded Virginia soldiers in Chimborazo Hospital, which was read the first time and ordered to be read a second time.

Mr. Buford, from the Committee on Banks, introduced a bill to provide for the redemption or registry by the banks of Virginia of their outstanding circulation.

Mr. Toralin, from the Joint Committee on Salt, submitted a joint resolution of inquiry, addressed to the Board of Public Works, as to whether the said Board had made any contract with the Confederate Government for supplying the said Government with salt, and, if so, requesting to be furnished with a copy of the contract.

The resolution was agreed to and sent to the Senate.

Mr. Buford offered a resolution that a special committee of seven be appointed to take into consideration what relief can be afforded Virginia soldiers by the employment of negroes as cooks, etc.; also, to inquire into the expediency of enlisting and arming of the black population, both free and slave, and their employment in such service as prudence may dictate. The resolution was agreed to.

Mr. Keiley, of Petersburg, moved, by resolution, that the House provide by law for the exemption in the second-class militia of Petersburg of all over fifty years of age, the same as in the Richmond second-class militia. Agreed to.

The Speaker laid before the House a communication from the Governor re-commending additional legislation on the subject of the county quotas for slaves to work on fortifications and other Government works, which was read and referred.

The remainder of the session was consumed in the consideration of bills on their second and third reading.

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