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Virginia Legislature.
[Extra Session.]


Senate.

Friday, March 31, 1865.

The Senate was called to order by Mr. Newman, of Mason, President protem.

A communication was received from the Governor, containing the resignation of Mr. Robert R. Collier, Senator from Petersburg. On motion, the communication was laid on the table.

Mr. Neeson thought a writ of election should be issued to supply the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Mr. Collier. Agreed to.

Joint resolution prohibiting the banks of the Commonwealth from diminishing the amount of specie in their hands was read the second time and laid on the table.

Mr. Marshall, of Fauquier, thought, in the present organized state of the Senate — it being evident that there was a very slim attendance present — it had better adjourn, and therefore moved that it adjourn till 12 o'clock to-morrow.

Mr. Dillard, of Sussex, called for the yeas and nays, which were ordered.

Mr. Frazier, of Rockbridge, desired to know whether there was any possibility of a sufficient number of members arriving in the city within the next few days to constitute a quorum. If there was not, he could see no use in meeting together from day to day, when no business could be done without a quorum, and thought it best to adjourn sine die and go to their homes.

Mr. Marshall, by unanimous consent, withdrew his motion to adjourn, when
Mr. Dickinson, of Prince Edward, and Mr. Neeson, of Marion, proceeded to explain why several Senators were absent, and believed that in a day or two a sufficient number would arrive in the city to enable the Senate to proceed to business regularly.

Mr. Dillard, of Sussex, moved that the Senate adjourn.

On motion of Mr. Hunter, the yeas and nays were ordered, which resulted — yeas, 14; nays, 2; and the Senate therefore adjourned till 12 o'clock to-morrow.

[Note.--We have been requested to state that Beverly B. Douglass, Esq., the Senator from King William, is detained from his seat in consequence of being confined to his bed with sickness.]


House of Delegates.

In the House of Delegates there was no quorum present. The House, however, adopted the following resolution, with the view of compelling the attendance of the absent members. The Sergeant-at-Arms has vigorously set about the execution of the resolution:

‘ "Resolved, That the Sergeant-at-Arms be furnished with a list of the absentees, and that he be directed to take such steps as he shall deem most efficient and practicable to enforce their attendance on this House."

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