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General Assembly of Virginia.


Saturday, December 9, 1865.

The Senate met at the usual hour, Lieutenant-Governor Cowper in the chair. Prayer by Rev. Mr. Price.

A bill, communicated from the House of Delegates, incorporating the Petersburg Iron Works, was passed.

A message from the House, asking the concurrence of the Senate in a bill requesting the President of the United States to grant a general amnesty to the citizens of Virginia, was referred to the Committee on Federal Relations

A joint resolution, asking the appointment of a committee of five on the part of the Senate and eleven on the part of the House to consider and report such action as may be proper it making an application for the release of Jefferson Davis and other political prisoners, and for the restoration of the habeas corpus.

Messrs. Gilmer, Cabell, Meade and Gray spoke in favor of the resolution, and it was opposed by Mr. Mercier, who subsequently withdrew his objection, and the resolution was passed unanimously.

A bill to empower the Central Railroad Company to borrow money was ordered to be laid on the table and printed.

House bill providing for repeal of the act of 1862, prescribing an oath in certain cases, was passed.

A bill to give validity to the acts of the courts of justice during the late civil war was referred to Committee on Courts of Justice.

House bill to incorporate the Catawba Coal and Iron Company was referred to Committee of General Laws.


House of Delegates.

Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Price, of the Third Presbyterian Church.

Senate joint resolution in reference to the appointment of a joint committee to take into consideration the subject of emigration was considered and passed.

House resolution of concurrence relative to the election of Secretary of State and other officers, sent back from the Senate with an amendment, was taken up; and the Senate amendment, fixing the 21st instant as the day of election, instead of to-morrow, having been concurred in, the resolution as amended was passed.

House bill incorporating the Lynchburg Mining and Manufacturing Company in the counties of Campbell, Bedford and Amherst, was considered and ordered to its engrossment.

Mr. Joynes, from the Committee on Courts of Justice, to whom were committed the subject of re-affirming the act of the Alexandria Legislature ratifying the amendment to the Constitution of the United States prohibiting slavery, reported that the committee deemed it unnecessary to legislate further on the subject.

The bill to amend and re-enact "an act to incorporate the Southern Express Company, " passed March 22, 1861, and to incorporate the National Express and Transportation Company, was considered, and after some amendments, was ordered to be read a third time and engrossed.

Mr. Stearns offered a resolution inquiring into the expediency of authorizing county courts to borrow a sum not exceeding fifteen thousand dollars, on the credit of the counties, for which they may issue bonds.

Mr. Lee, of Richmond, offered a resolution inquiring into the expediency of re-organizing the Public Guard.

Mr. Langhorne, of Norfolk county, offered a resolution proposing a reduction of the pay of members to three dollars per day, which lays over under the rules.

Mr. White, of Henrico, offered a resolution of inquiry relative to extending the time of the operation of the stay law.

By Mr. Hardy, of Norfolk city — A resolution of inquiry relative to relieving from taxation citizens of portions of the State occupied for twelve months by Federal troops.

By Mr. Lee, of Richmond — A resolution inquiring into the expediency of providing for the public printing by contract, to be awarded to the lowest bidder.

Mr. Smith, of Williamsburg, offered a resolution, which was agreed to, directing an investigation into the affairs of the Eastern Lunatic Asylum.

Mr. Robertson, of Alexandria, offered a resolution inquiring into the expediency of requiring insurance companies from other States to give security within this State for the just and prompt payment of losses upon risks they assure; and whether there be any efficient measure which may be adopted to prevent agents of the same from taking risks in this State.

Mr. Clark offered a resolution inquiring into the expediency of legalizing the acts of all the civil officers of the State of Virginia from July 1, 1865, to June 13, 1865, inclusive, excepting insofar as these acts were not in violation of the Constitution of the United States.

House bill incorporating the Catawba Coal Mining and Iron Works was passed.

Mr. Hancock, of Chesterfield, offered a resolution of inquiry relative to establishing by law certain rules and regulations for the government of negroes actually engaged in agricultural labors.

Mr. Straughn, of Northumberland, moved to take up the resolution offered by Mr. Herst, of Norfolk, and laid on the table the previous day, relative to General B. F. Butler. He desired to offer a substitute, declaring that this House is both willing and anxious to pursue such a conciliatory course towards the Federal authorities, not inconsistent with the rights and the honor of the State, as will not retard the immediate restoration of the relations between the State and Federal Governments which existed before the war, and that any motion or resolution inconsistent therewith should not be made or offered; and if made or offered, will meet with the disapprobation of this House.

Before any action was taken on the subject, on motion of Mr. Dunnington, of Prince William, the member from Norfolk was permitted to withdraw his resolution.

Some other resolutions of inquiry were adopted, after which the House adjourned.

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