Saturday, February 18, 1865.
The Senate was called to order at 11 o'clock. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Peterkin
A communication was received from the House of Delegates announcing that they had agreed to the joint resolution requiring the Board of Supervisors of Salt to furnish information as to contracts for supplying salt to the Confederates Government
; also, the Senate bill entitled an act to legalize the ferry of Benjamin
Figet, at Dunkirk
and Queen County.
House joint resolution provision for the appointment of a committee to visit Chimborazo Hospital and inquire into the condition of the sick and wounded Virginia
soldiers thereat, and to take into consideration the best means to be adopted for their comfort and general welfare, was read by the clerk.
An amendment was offered by Mr. Christian
, of Middlesex
, recommending a conference between the committees from the two Houses of the General Assembly and the Confederate
authorities, in order to ascertain whether any legislation on the matter is necessary.
The question upon the adoption of the amendment being put, it was rejected; after which the resolution, as adopted by the House of Delegates, was adopted by a unanimous vote of the Senate.
The Chair appointed Messrs. Garnett
as the Senate committee.
, of Augusta
, from the Committee
, reported back, with the recommendation that it do not pass, the House
bill amending the law authorizing debtors of Virginia
banks outside our lines to pay the same at the banks within their lines.
Patriotic resolutions, adopted by the officers and soldiers of the Fifty-sixth Virginia regiment, were introduced by Mr. Jones
, of Brunswick
, read by the Clerk
, and referred to the Committee
on Confederate Relations.
The President also submitted similar resolutions, adopted by the Thirty-second Virginia regiment and Stark
's battalion, which were referred to the same committee.
On motion of Mr. Hunter
, the Senate went into secret session.
House of Delegates.
met at 11 A. M.
The joint resolution to appoint three members of the House
and two of the Senate to confer with the Finance Committees
of the House
and Senate of the Congress of the Confederate States, and ascertain what arrangements can be made for the payment of the debt of Virginia
due by the Government
of the Confederate States
, advanced in behalf of the prosecution of the war, was taken up and adopted — ayes, 62; noes, 25.
, from the committee, reported back, with certain amendments, the bill for the relief of soldiers' families living within the lines, or in counties under the control of the public enemy, and the consideration of the bill was made the special order for Monday at 12 o'clock.
The Speaker laid before the House
a communication from the President
of the Board of Public Works, in response to a resolution of the House
, transmitting a copy of the contract entered with the Confederate Government for a supply of salt.
On motion, the documents were referred to the Special Committee on Salt.
At 1 o'clock, Mr. Deane
, from one of the committees ordered to make a report in secret session, moved that the House
go into secret session for the reception of the report.
went into secret session; and, when the doors re-opened, adjourned.