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Legislature of Virginia.


Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1861.
The Senate was called to order at 12 o'clock by Lieut. Gov. Montague.


On motion of Mr. Thomas, of Fairfax, Mr. Shelton C. Davis was appointed Clerk.

On motion of Mr. Day, of Isle of Wight, Mr. John A. Jordan was appointed Sergeant at Arms.

On motion of Mr. Thompson, of Dinwiddie, Mr. Thos, P. Chisman. was appointed First Doorkeeper.

On motion of Mr. Johnson, of Bedford, Mr. E. H. Taliaferro was appointed Second Doorkeeper.

On motion of Mr. Day, of Isle of Wight, Mr. James E Goode was appointed Printer to the Senate.

Rules of the Senate.

On motion of Mr. Thomas, the rules of the last session were adopted for the Government of the Senate.

Governor's Message.

On motion of Mr. Thompson, it was

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to wait upon the Governor and in form him that the Senate is now organized and ready to receive any communication from him.

Committee--Messrs. Thompson, Robertson, and Neeson.

The Committee performed the duty assigned them, and the Governor communicated his message, which was laid upon the table and 1,000 copies ordered to be printed.


On motion of Mr. Dickenson, of Prince Edward,

Resolved, That the Ministers of the Gospel officiating in the churches of this city be, and they are hereby, invited to open our sessions with prayer, and the President is requested to make such arrangement with said Ministers as will ensure the presence of some one of them at our daily sessions.

Resolutions of Inquiry.

On motion of Mr. Massive, of Goochland,

Resolved, That the Committee of Finance and Claims inquire into the expediency of paying to John F. Lacy a license tax improperly paid by him, and report by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. Thomas, of Henry,

Resolved, That the appropriate committee be instructed to inquire into and report upon the expediency of paying Peter P. Penn, of the county of Henry, for his slave Albert, who was condemned to death by the County Court of said county, but who, before the day of execution, was forcibly taken from the Sheriff of the county and put to death by some citizens of said county.


By Mr. Spitter, of Page: A petition of citizens of Page county, passing that a license tax be refunded A. B. Shenk.

By Mr. Robertson, of Richmond: A memorial of the Common Council of the city of Richmond, for the legalization of small notes issued by the Corporation.

Referred to the appropriate committees.

On motion of Mr. Thompson, the Senate adjourned to meet again on Wednesday at 12 o'clock.

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