General Assembly of Virginia.
Tuesday. Jan. 22, 1861.
Called to order at 12 o'clock.
Prayer by Rev.
C. H. Read, of the Presbyterian Church.
Reports of Committees.
--The Committee on General Laws
asked to be discharged from the further consideration of the resolution for incorporating the Bedford Paint Bank, and the resolution for incorporating the Virginia
and Ohio Telegraph Company, and authorizing a subscription on the part of the State
The following bills were reported: A bill to amend the act, passed April 1st, 1858, entitled ‘"an act to amend the charter of the Wytheville Savings Bank;"’ House bill to defray expenses of statue of Jefferson
: a bill for the relief of Rowland Fletcher
; a bill for the relief of P. D. Lipscomb
of Prince William county
; a bill to refund to Jas. S. Connell
and Daniel Paisley
a sum of money, improperly paid; a bill for the relief of J. R. Hathaway
: a bill for the relief of Thos. L. Jordan
, of Wayne county
: a petition of John Goode
and others, securities of Henry Gordon
, late Sheriff
of Powhatan county
--The following resolutions of inquiry were adopted and appropriately referred: By Mr. Neal
, of reporting Senate bill No. 423 of last, session, for incorporating the Parkersburg Bridge Company; by Mr. Paxton
, referring so much of the Governor
's Message as relates to sale of the works, property and franchises of the James River
and Kanawha Company to M. Beloit de Minteres
& Co., to the Committee of Roads and Internal Navigation; by Mr. Quesenberry
, of reporting a bill for the relief of the infant children of H. H. Samuel
, of the State of Alabama
, so as to compensate them for a slave condemned for felony in the County Court of Amherst; by Mr. French
petition of J. O. Cox
, to be refunded a certain amount of fees paid to the Register of the Land Office, and by him into the treasury: by Mr. Carraway
, of reporting a special act authorizing the Governor
to commission the ‘"Home Guard"’ of the city of Portsmouth
, as an independent company, and to furnish the same with efficient arms; by Mr. Johnson
, of reducing the minimum number of Directors of the independent Banks
of this Commonwealth.
--A bill changing the time of holding the terms of the Circuit Courts
of the counties of Hardy
; a bill for the relief of Benjamin
and Isaac Deford
, of Morgan county
; a bill to amend the act passed March 14th, 1860, for the relief of Hugh Crolly
and Patrick McCune
: a bill allowing the Northwestern Bank of Virginia
and any of its branches to establish an agency in the city of Richmond
for the redemption of its circulating notes; a bill amending and re-enacting the act entitled "an act to incorporate the Jackson Orphan Asylum
, passed Feb. 26, 1856; a bill to amend an act passed Jan. 3d, 1860, entitled ‘"an act to incorporate the Virginia
Life Insurance Company;"’ a bill to incorporate the Merchants' Savings Bank of Richmond
; a bill for the relief of Robert Y. Overby
, of Mecklenburg county
on account of erroneous taxes paid; a bill to incorporate the Virginia Boot and Shoe Manufacturing Company; a bill authorizing the Board of Public Works to confirm the sale of the Marysville Plank-Road
to the county of Charlotte
: a bill for the relief of Patrick H. Scott
, of Halifax county
A message was received from Gov. Letcher
, transmitting a copy of the joint resolutions adopted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio
, relative to the condition of the country, and pledging the power and resources of Ohio
for the maintenance of the Constitution
and Laws of the General Government
, by whomsoever administered.
Laid on the table, and the message of the Executive
ordered to be printed.
The Ordnance Bureau.
bill establishing an Ordnance Bureau, which was re-committed to the Committee
on Military Affairs yesterday, and which had been again reported without amendment, was taken up and passed unanimously.
A Million for Defence.
--The bill appropriating one million dollars for the defence of the State
was next taken up, when
proposed to amend by providing that at least three-fourths of the amount appropriated should be expended for arms.--Rejected.
then offered an independent section, providing that the arms so purchased should be distributed among the militia in the exposed border counties, and along the borders of the Chesapeake Bay
and its tributaries, equally with the other portions of the State
offered an amendment giving the Colonel
of Ordnance authority to contract with parties in the State
for altering arms, and thus obviate the necessity of the purchase of machinery for such purpose.
Pending the consideration of the amendment,
On motion, the Senate adjourned.