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Legislature of Virginia.


Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1862.
The Senate was called to order by the President, Lieut. Gov. Montague. Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Baker, of Grace Church, (Episcopal)

A communication was received from the House of Delegates announcing the passage of sundry bills.

Unfinished business.

The bill to authorize certain railway connections in Richmond and Petersburg, pending at the adjournment yesterday, was, on motion of Mr. McKennry, made the order of the day for Friday next, at 1 o'clock P. M.

Bills passed.

The following House bills were taken up and passed with amendments:

A bill to constitute a part of New River a lawful fence:

A bill to incorporate the Windsor Tanning and Boot and Shoe Manufacturing Company, in isle of Wight county.

Jurisdiction of Western Virginia.

Mr. Path, of Boone, offered the following joint resolutions, which lie over under the rule:

1.The public enemy, invited by domestic foes being in power in a number of counties in Western and Northwestern Virginia, where they are confiscating the property of loyal citizens, and other wise oppressing them in cruel manner; and whereas the traitors there, contemplating a univision of this time honored Commonwealth, with the aid of this public enemy, have set up a pretended government over the same, which under the force of circumstances could not be prevented by the timely sending of an adequate military force; and whereas, the Legislature desires to reassure all loyal citizens throughout the Commonwealth of their desire and intention to protect them: Therefore,

Resolved by the Senate and House of Delegates. That in no event will the State of Virginia submit to, or consent to, the loss of a foot of her soil; that it is the firm determination of the State, and known to be that of the Confederate Government, to assert and maintain the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the State of Virginia, to the uttermost limits of her ancient boundaries, at any and every cost.

That the Governor be requested to present a copy of this resolution, properly certified, to the Provisional Congress now in session, and to the Permanent Congress to convene on the 22d of February, for their approval.

Public expenditures.

The joint resolution, offered some days ago by Mr. Robertson, for the appointment of a committee with instructions diligently to examine the expenditures of the several departments, civil and military, and report whether any, and if any, what deductions may be made therein without detriment to the public interest, was taken up and passed.

The following committee was appointed on the part, of the Senate: Messrs. Robertson, Johnson, Neeson, Spitler, and Dickinson of Grayson.

Judge Thompson's salary.

The first resolution directing the payment of the salary of Gen. W. Thompson, Judge of the 20th Judicial Circuit, was taken up and passed — years 26, nays 11.

The order of the day.

The bill generally known as the "Stay Law" was taken up, and, on motion of Mr. Whittle, (who has prepared a substitute for the proposed amendment,) made the order of the day for Thursday next.

Military bill.

The bill to raise and organize Virginia's quota of the Confederate army, was taken up, and Mr. Dickinson, of Prince Edward, Cheered an amendment thereto; when, on motion, the bill and amendment were raid upon the table and made the order of the day for Wednesday.

Small notes.

A bill, was received from the House of Delegates, to revive and extend the ordinance respecting the issue of small notes. [Extends the operation of the ordinance to the close of the present session of the General Assembly.]

Mr. Robertson moved a suspension of the rules with a view to putting the bill upon its passage.

The Senate refused to suspend the rules, and the bill was referred to the Committee on Banks.

On motion of Mr. Newman the Senate adjourned.

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