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Virginia Legislature.

[Extra session.]


Wednesday, February 22, 1865.
The Senate met at 11 A. M. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Converse.

House bill to incorporate the Iron Mountain Company, in the county of Giles, was taken up, ordered to a third reading and passed.

House bill incorporating the Petersburg Glass Company was referred to the Committee on General Laws.

House bill to increase jailors' fees was taken up, read a third time and passed.

House bill to authorize clerks of courts, for certain services, to charge triple the present fees, was taken up, read a third time and passed.

Senate bill amending section eleven, chapter twenty-nine, of the Code, to exempt the property of persons in the service from distress from rent, payable in money, during the war, was taken up, read a third time and passed.

Senate bill to amend chapter one hundred of the Code, to increase the pay of clerks for examining the books of commissioners of the revenue, was taken up, read a third time, and, for want of a constitutional majority, rejected.

House bill to authorize county courts to change their places of session, and to enlarge their powers, in certain cases, was taken up, read a third time and passed.

Senate bill to amend an act to provide against the sacrifice of property, and to suspend proceedings in certain cases, passed April 30, 1861, by the Convention of Virginia, was taken up and passed. [This is the bill known as the "stay law."]

Mr. Johnson, of Bedford, submitted a report from the committee of conference on the disagreement of the two Houses relative to the day of election, which was concurred in. The bill provides that members of the Legislature are to be elected on the fourth Thursday in March, and those of Congress on the first Wednesday in November. The action of the Senate was communicated to the House of Delegates by Mr. Johnson.

A joint resolution allowing county officers to resign, when they desire it, by sending their resignations to the Governor, instead of the county courts, as at present provided, was passed.

At 1 o'clock the Senate went into secret session, and when the doors were opened, adjourned.

House of Delegates.

The House met 11 A. M. Prayer by Rev. J. A. Procter, of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mr. Anderson, from the Military Committee, asked the House to take up the all important bill on the calendar, the bill to organize and enroll the Home Guards for local defence; and the order of the day — the bill for the relief of soldiers' and sailors' families — being postponed, on his motion, the military bill was taken up and made the order of the day for Friday next, and every day thereafter until disposed of.

The relief bill, appropriating one million of dollars for the relief of the indigent families of soldiers and sailors, and providing for its distribution, was again taken up, and read, and again laid upon the table upon motion of Mr. Haymond, of Marion, who asked the House to take up the report of the committee of conference of the two Houses on the amendments to the bill changing the time for holding elections for members of Congress, Legislature, etc.

The report, just received from the Senate, was taken up and read.

The report fixes the time for holding the election for members of Congress on the third Monday in November instead of the fourth Thursday of March, as provided in the bill for the election of both Congressmen and members of the Legislature, leaving the law in relation to the election of the latter stand as it is now in the bill — the fourth Thursday in March.

The report was discussed at length.

The House concurred in the report of the committee by a vote of ayes, 67; noes, 39.

Mr. Staples, of Patrick, offered a resolution that a select committee of nine be appointed to inquire into the expediency of bringing in a bill authorizing a convention of the people of Virginia, and that the question of convention or no convention be submitted to the people at the spring election.

Mr. Staples advocated his resolution at some length.

While proceeding with his remarks, Mr. Staples, who seemed to be suffering from a cold, faltered in his speech, and, on motion of Mr. Robertson, of Richmond, the resolution was laid on the table and made the order for 2 P. M. tomorrow.

The bill for the relief of the families of soldiers and sailors within the jurisdiction of the enemy was taken up and discussed to adjournment.

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