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Confederate Congress.


Saturday, March 18, 1865.

The Senate met at 10 o'clock A. M.

On motion of Mr. Watson, a resolution was adopted extending the session from 12 M. to 2 P. M.

Mr. Watson, from the Select Committee on the Treatment and Exchange of Prisoners of War, made a report, which was laid on the table and ordered to be printed.

On motion of Mr. Vest, the Senate resolved into executive session.

When the doors were opened, on motion, by Mr. Watson, it was resolved that the Chair be authorized to appoint a joint committee on the part of the Senate to wait upon the President of the Confederate States and inform him that, unless he had further communications to Congress, they were ready to adjourn.

The Chair appointed Messrs. Watson, Oldham and Henry as the committee on the part of the Senate.

The bill to provide for the payment of all arrears now due to the army and navy, returned by the President of the Confederate States to the House with his objections, was considered. Upon the question, "Shall the bill pass notwithstanding the objections of the President, " the vote was taken by yeas and nays, as follows:

Yeas.--Messrs Brown, Burnett, Caperton, Henry, Hunter, Johnson of Missouri, Oldham, Slimms of Kentucky, Vest, Watson and Wigfall--11.

Nays.--Mr. Semmes of Louisiana.

No quorum voting, the bill was lost.

Mr. Watson, of Mississippi, read the following report:

Mr. President,--The joint committee charged with that duty have waited upon the President of the Confederate States and informed him that unless he had some further communication to make to Congress that body was now ready to adjourn. In reply, the President, in substance stated: That he now had no further communication to make to Congress; that in his recent message he had fully explained his views as to the legislation required by the state of the country. That so far as Congress had not acquiesced in his opinions, he hoped it would turn out that he was mistaken. That to the full extent of his powers, and the resources placed at his disposal, all might feel assured of his purpose faithfully to protect and defend the country. He hoped that the members of the two Houses might all safely reach their homes, and that they and their families and their common country might continue to experience the protection and favor of Heaven.

’ The hour of 2 P. M. having arrived, Mr. Hunter, President pro tem, rose and said: Senators,--The hour of 2 P. M. having arrived, it becomes the duty of the Chair to announce the Senate adjourned sine die.

House of Representatives evening session.

Friday, March 17, 1865.

The Chair laid before the House a Senate bill to amend an act entitled an act to regulate impressments, approved March 16, 1863, as amended by the act approved February 16, 1864. Pending the consideration of which the House adjourned.

Saturday, March 18, 1865.

The House met at 11 o'clock, and was opened with prayer by the Rev. Dr. Jeter.

The Chair laid before the House a Senate joint resolution extending the time of adjournment until to-day at 2 o'clock. Agreed to.

Mr. Welsh, from the Committee on Accounts, submitted a written report; which was laid on the table and ordered to be printed.

The House then resumed consideration of the impressment bill, and passed it by the following vote:

Yeas.--Messrs. Batson, Baylor, Bradley, Branch, E. M. Bruce, Burnett, Carroll, Chambers, Chrisman, Clark, Cluskey, Comad, DeJarnette, Dickinson, Dupie, Elliott, Ewing, Funsten, Gholson, Gray, Hartridge, Hatcher, Holliday, Johnston, Keeble, Machen, McMullin, Miles, Miller, Moore, Read, Russell, Sexton, Triplett, Villere and Wilkes,--36.

Nays.--Messrs. Anderson, Blandford, Clopton, Colyar, Conrow, Darden, Farrow, Gaither, Goode, Hanly, Marshall, Pugh, Simpson, J. M. Smith, Snead, Staples, Witherspoon and Mr. Speaker--18.

Mr. McMullin moved to amend the title by substituting the following:--"A bill to violate the Constitution of the Confederate States."

The Chair thought the amendment made in good faith, and ruled it out of order.

Mr. McMullin then moved to amend the title by adding the words "to give dissatisfaction to the farming community," which was also ruled out of order.

Mr. Herbert, of Texas, (under a suspension of the rules) offered a bill supplemental to an act to diminish the number of exemptions and details. [The bill authorizes the commanding general in the Trans-Mississippi Department to make the same exemptions and details in the Trans Mississippi Department as the President and Secretary of War are now authorized to make by existing laws.] The bill was passed.

Mr. Miles, from the Committee on Military Affairs, reported back, favorably, a Senate bill to amend the tenth section of an act to organize forces to serve during the war. Passed. Mr. Holliday, of Virginia, offered the following resolution, which was adopted:

‘ "Resolved. That, having acted on all matters of important, legislation before us, and being about to adjourn, we pledge ourselves, during the reccas, to devote all our energies and influence to the maintenance of our great cause and the prosecution of the war to a successful issue."

’ The Chair laid before the House the following Senate joint resolution:

‘ "Resolved, That a committee be appointed, to join such committee as may be appointed by the House of Representatives to wait upon the President of the Confederate States and inform him that if he has no further communication to make, the two House are now ready to adjourn."

’ The resolution was agreed to.

The Chair appointed as the committee on the part of the House, Messrs. Conrad of Louisiana, Clark of Missouri, and Gholson of Virginia.

Mr. Conrad, on the part of the committee appointed to wait upon the President and inform him that the Congress had completed its business and was prepared to adjourn, reported that the committee had performed the duty devolving upon it, and that the President had replied that he had no further communication to make to Congress; that in his recent message he had communicated his views in regard to the state of the country, and had recommended certain measures which he had deemed important towards insuring a successful prosecution of the war; that Congress had deliberated, and, no doubt, acted on them conscientiously, but that, in so far as the views of the two Houses were different from his own, all then he had to say was to utter his sincere wish that the result would prove that they were right and he was wrong, and that no evil consequences would result from their action.

The President reminded the members of Congress that a great deal depended on their individual exertions in urging their constituents, and fellow-citizens generally, to a patriotic devotion to their cause and a strenuous resistance of the enemy, and concluded by expressing his sincere good wishes to them individually and collectively.

The hour of 2 o'clock having arrived, the Chair announced the House of Representatives adjourned sine die.

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