President's message.--General Grant's report.
In our telegraphic columns of yesterday was a very brief synopsis of President Johnson
's message to the Senate, and General Grant
's report to the President
, both relative to the condition of the Southern States
In view of the great importance attached to these documents, we publish them this morning in full needs it sorely.
House bill entitled a bill for the compensation of John H. Allen
was read twice and referred to the Committee
on General Laws
.--Subsequently taken up and passed.
offered a joint resolution to request the Governor
to represent to the Post-master-General of the United States
the present condition of the mail facilities in this State--that many of the members of this General Assembly are without the means of communicating with their families and constituents — and that the public and private interest demands the speedy restoration of the and urge him to consideration and relief to us in the matter.
Leaves of absence were granted to Messrs. Galt
offered a resolution that the Committee of Courts of Justice be instructed to inquire into the expediency of repealing chapter, thirteen of the act of the Assembly passed January 29. 1864, or so modifying it as to prevent parties interested in a suit of law or equity from testifying in their own cases except upon interrogatories legally propounded by the adverse parties, and report thereon by bill or otherwise.
An act relating to the Manchester Cotton
and Wool Manufactory, extending its charter, was read a third time and passed.
On motion of Mr. Taliaferro
, a bill authorising J. M. Fauntleroy
to establish a ferry across the Mattaponi
was taken up, read a third time and passed.
, of Fairfax
, reported from a select committee a preamble and resolutions in reference to the release of Jefferson Davis
and the other political prisoners, and the restoration of the writ of habeas corpus
They were passed by the Senate and communicated to the House of Delegates.
offered a resolution that a committee of three be appointed to bring in a bill amending the stay law passed on December 19th. Passed.
A bill was brought in by the committee amending the act so as not to affect debts due since 2d of April, 1865. Read a third time and passed.
, of Norfolk
, introduced a bill authorising the purchase of arms and equipments for the State Guard.
It was read a third time and passed unanimously.
, of Orange
, reported from committee appointed to confer with Colonel Brown
, of the Freedmen is Bureau, that, in a consultation with General Terry
and Colonel Brown
, they received assurances that the most rigorous measures have been taken to preserve the peace and afford ample protection to the citizens.
The committee have considered the removal of the negroes from the city of Williamsburg
and the counties of York
, Elizabeth City
, and the county of Carroll
, and believe the object can be obtained by the same bills now under consideration in the General Assembly.
On motion of Mr. Gilmer
, a memorial from the James River
and Kanawha Canal Company was ordered to be printed.
House bill authorizing the York River Railroad Company to borrow money was passed almost unanimously.
The Senate adjourned.
House of Delegates.
met at the usual hour.
Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Taylor
Senate bill authorizing the collection of public arms was read a first and second times.
Subsequently taken up and passed.
, from the Committee
on Courts of Justice, to whom was referred House
resolution relative to the report made to the Governor
by. J. M. Bennett
, late Auditor
of Public Accounts, made a report concerning the specie ($21,000) borrowed by the State
from the Bank of the Commonwealth in March, 1865.--The facts connected with the money in question and its subsequent disposal have already been laid before the public.]
The Committee gave as their opinion that this money cannot be recovered by the State
because the State
has no title to it. The bonds upon which the money was borrowed cannot be constitutionally paid, and the bank would lose the money should it be recovered.
From the fact that the loan was a compulsory one, the State
could not, consistently with her dignity and honor, consent to such a result.--Should the bank think proper to assert its claims, the matter will be proper for judicial investigation.
On motion of Mr. Grattan
the report was laid upon the table.
Books stolen from the Library.
, from the Committee
on the State Library, made a report, from which it appears that at least fifteen hundred volumes were stolen from the State Library during and just after the evacuation of this city.
Bills and resolutions passed.
The following bills and resolutions were passed:
Senate joint resolution that the Governor
represent to the Postmaster-General
the condition of the mails in Virginia
, and ask relief.
Senate bill to authorize the Governor
to purchase arms, &c., for the Public Guard.
Senate bill authorizing the overseers of the poor of New Kent county
to sell wood from the poor-house land.
Senate joint resolution relative to Jefferson Davis
and other political prisoners, and restoration of the habeas corpus;
and tion , by Mr. Joynes
, the Government
quested to transmit a President
If any execution shall have been levied before the passage of this act, the property levied on shall be restored to the defendant, but shall remain subject to the lien of the execution aforesaid; but nothing in this act contained shall be construed to apply to any case of debt or contract arising subsequent to the 2d day of April, 1865."
The select committee appointed to confer with Colonel Broom
, of the Freedmen's Bureau
, reported that they had a consultation with both Colonel Brown
and General Terry
, commanding the Department of Virginia, and have received assurances that the most vigorous measures have been taken to preserve the peace and afford ample protection to the citizens.
Relative to the removal of negroes from Williamsburg
and thereabouts, and Caroline county
, the committee believe the objects can be obtained by the bills now before the General Assembly.
General stay law.
On motion of Mr. Lee
, the general stay law, the same being the order of the day, was postponed till the 6th of January at 1 o'clock.
Petition of General R. E. Lee, President of Washington College.
A memorial was received from General R. E. Lee
of Washington College, asking, in aid of the establishment of five additional professorships in that institution, viz: Practical Chemistry, Experimental Philosophy and Practical Mechanics, Applied Mathematics, and History and Literature, the grant of an annual appropriation of $6,000 out of the income of the Land Fund
Referred to the Committee
on Schools and Colleges.
After disposing of a considerable amount of business of no general importance or interest, the House