Monday, February 20, 1865.
The Senate, immediately on assembling, went into secret session, and remained therein till adjournment.
House of Delegates.
met at 11 A. M.
introduced a bill to appoint a commissioner to settle claims between the Supervisor of Salt, Superintendent
of Salt and the Commonwealth
Several other private bills were introduced.
asked that the select joint committee having under consideration the arming of Virginia
slaves as soldiers be permitted to set during the session, which request was granted, as the business was urgent.
called up the bill to loan six hundred thousand dollars to the Roanoke Valley Railroad Company, to aid the company in completing its connections, and forming a double line to Greensboro
', in the State of North Carolina
. Mr. Baskerville
said there were reasons why this enterprise should be immediately carried out. He had letters from the General-in-Chief
of our armies, and every one of the heads of departments, urging the passage of this bill.
The bill, on Mr. Baskerville
's motion, was taken up and ordered to its engrossment.
The bill appropriating one million of dollars for the relief of the families of soldiers residing in counties under the control, or within the lines of, the public enemy, was taken up as the order of the day, and, after some discussion, its consideration was again postponed, and made the order of the day for Wednesday at 12 M.
The following bills were passed:
Bill amending the Code so as to increase the fees of surveyors.
Bill to amend an act amending the Code so as to increase the pay of clerks and sheriffs of counties and corporations.
Bill for the relief of G. W. Butts
, from the Finance Committee, being granted leave to make a further report, reported, a bill to change the mode of paying the members of the General Assembly.
At 2 o'clock the House
went into secret session, and when the doors were opened, at 3 P. M., adjourned.
, of Goochland
, and Custis
, of Williamsburg
, are detained from their seats by reason of illness.]