House of Delegates.
Friday, Feb. 1st, 1861.
was called to order at 12 o'clock M., by Speaker Crutchfield
, and opened with prayer by Rev.
M. D. Hoge
, of the Presbyterian Church.
A message was received from the Senate announcing that body had passed bills entitled ‘ "an act to authorize the Governor
of the Commonwealth
to pardon a negro slave, Tom, and restore said slave to his owner;"’ and ‘"an act to stay the proceedings on executions, trust deeds, and other demands, in cases of refusal to receive bank notes." ’ [Both bills were read twice, and referred to Committee of Courts of Justice.]
--The following resolutions of inquiry into expediency were offered and referred: By Mr. Evans
, of reporting a bill for the voluntary enslavement of George Woodson
and Sucky Woodson
, free persons of color, in the county of Buckingham
; by Mr. Saunders
, of chartering the Citizens' Insurance Company of the city of Richmond
; by Mr. Watson
, of consolidating the administration of the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, South-Side Railroad, and Norfolk Railroad; by Mr. Crump
, of refunding to Peter B. Crowder
a sum of money improperly paid into the Treasury by him.
bill for amending the 107th section of the 35th chapter of the Code of Virginia
, and providing for the correction of erroneous assessments of taxes on land, was read twice, and, on motion, ordered to be engrossed.
bill releasing the Commonwealth
's claim to a certain island in Chesapeake Bay
to Edmund J. Paulson
, was called up on motion of Mr. Watson
, of Accomac
, and being explained by him, was read the third time and passed.
also passed a bill relieving the Sheriff
of Jefferson county
from certain penalties.
Reports from Committees.
, from the Committee on Propositions and Grievances, reported a bill to amend the 4th and 5th sections of the act of 1854, and the 4th section of the act 1856, concerning mining and other companies; Mr. Magruder
, from the same committee, presented an adverse report to the petition for the formation of a new county out of parts of Monroe
; Mr. Haymond
, from the Finance Committee, reported a bill for the partial suspension of the sale of State bonds, and to provide for complying with contracts already made upon the Covington
and Ohio Railroad. --Mr. Haymond
, from the same committee presented an adverse report to the petition of Wm. Stration
of the County
and Circuit Courts of Logan
, asking that certain fines imposed and paid by him be refunded.
, from the Committee
, presented an adverse report to amending 1st section, chapter 58 of the Code of Virginia
, from the same committee, presented a report, asking that the Committee
be discharged from the further consideration of a resolution inquiring into the expediency of repealing the 9th section of chapter 144 of the Code, and that the same be referred to the Committee
on Courts of Justice.
Laid on the Table.
--The bill refunding to Benj
and Isaac Deford
a certain sum of money paid on an erroneous assessment, was laid on the table.
Hon. John Tyler's Mission.
--A message from the Governor
was laid before the House
, enclosing a communication from the Hon. John Tyler
relative to his journey to Washington
under the instructions of the Legislature.--The message and documents being read by the Clerk
, were, on motion, laid on the table and ordered to be printed.