Monday, February 13, 1865.
At the usual hour of 12 o'clock the Senate was called to order.
Prayer by, Rev. Dr. Peterkin
Under the call of resolutions and petitions, several of each, involving the release of private parties from responsibility for pecuniary losses, were presented and properly referred; after which, on motion, the Senate resolved into secret session.
House of Delegates.
, of Petersburg
, introduced a resolution instructing the Committee
on Finance to inquire into the expediency of further disposing at auction of no much of the stock owned by the Commonwealth
as will suffice to pay the soldiers of Virginia
their arrearages of pay. The resolution was agreed to.
, of Berkeley
, presented the
following preamble and resolution, which, being objected to, lies over under the rules:
"Whereas the time has arrived when every man capable of bearing arms should be in the military service,
That all members of the General. Assembly, whose physical condition will enable them to perform active military duty, will enter the service immediately after the adjournment of this body, and continue therein, except when engaged in the performance of other public duties incompatible with such service."
Bills were taken up on their third reading.
A good many were tabled.--The following were passed:
The bill providing compensation for the Governor
, Judges and other officers of Government, in lieu of the compensation now allowed by law. [The bill increases the Governor
's annual pay to twenty thousand dollars, and the Judges
of the District Courts
The bill appropriating two millions of dollars to provide for the purchase and distribution of cotton, cotton cloth and cotton cards
among the people of the State
, was read the third time and tabled.
Some other business occupied the body until 3 P. M., when the House