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Governor Orr, sent in to the Legislature on Monday last, is a remarkably brief State paper. It wastes no space on sentimental issues, but goes directly to the business of the day. He urges, with especial emphasis, the necessity of economy, as the people have no money wherewith to pay taxes. He recommends the assumption by the State of the direct tax levied by the Federal Government upon the landed property of the Southern people. He states that, by a law of Congress, the States are prohibited from assuming the tax; but he thinks an appeal for permission to do so would be heard, especially in view of the fact that the Federal Government has realized nearly the whole amount of the direct tax by the sale and appropriation of the receipts of the rich lands on the seaboard. A proposition is pending in the Virginia Legislature which has the same object, viz: The payment of the tax out of the treasury. He recommends the further protection of debtors by partially staying the collection of debts; suggesting that the interest and a part of the principal should be collected annually.
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