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House of Delegates.

The House met at 12 o'clock M. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Moore.

The House agreed to the joint resolution of the Senate to appoint a committee to examine the various departments of the State, and to see what changes may be made in view of economizing the resources of the State.

On motion of Mr. Prince, the resolutions requesting the representatives of Virginia in Congress to urge the suspension of the act providing for revenue upon imported commodities from foreign countries, and all other acts having a similar bearing, was taken up and considered.

Mr. Prince said that this question was already before the Confederate Congress, and he understood that an expression of opinion, on the part of the General Assembly of Virginia, would materially influence the action of Congress. He thought it was unwise at this time (a time of war) to put a tariff on foreign imports. The revenue now raised by the Government by this tariff is but trifling. Let us open our ports to European nations, and invite them freely to European nations, and invite them freely to come hither.

Mr. Green was opposed to any interference with the operations of the Confederate Congress, unless the matter should be one peculiarly affecting Virginia. This matter concerned the country at large, and not Virginia alone. He thought the Confederacy needed all the revenue it could got. He believed that the blockade would be raised shortly, and millions of dollars worth of goods imported, from which we could draw a very large tariff. He hoped the resolutions would be rejected.

Mr. Anderson, of Rockbridge, moved to amend by inserting the words ‘"during the pretended blockade,"’ instead of the words during the war," which amendment was adopted.

On motion of Mr. Barbour, the whole matter was laid upon the table.

The Speaker added the following gentlemen to the several standing committees:

Committee on Finance, Mr. Green; Banks. Mr. Small; Roads and Internal Improvements, Mr. Sheerard; Courts of Justice, Mr. Robinson, of Berkeley.

The bill amending section 12 of chapter 77, in relation to church property, so as to introduce the clause--‘"such trustees shall not hold more than two acres in any incorporated town, nor more than one hundred out, exclusive of church and burial ground,"’ was passed.

The bill authorizing the sale of a slave named Richard, to John Washington, of Caroline county, which slave has been found guilty of larceny at the Hustings Court of Richmond, provided the said Washington sends him beyond the limits of the State, was passed.

Several bills were carried through the preliminary stages.

A communication was read from the Governor, enclosing papers from the Secretary of War and Gen. Winder relative to the capture of certain negroes near Centreville, who had been holding communication with the enemy. Referred to the Committee on Courts of Justice.

The bill compensating George Duffy, late Commissioner of Revenue for the city and county of Alexandria, for services rendered, was passed.

The bill providing for the establishment of a military school in connection with Randolph Macon College, was passed.

The Clerk read a communication from the Governor, enclosing a letter from the Acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs of the Confederate States relative to the Choctaw tribe of Indians in the West for whom the Secretary of the Interior of the old United States held in trust the sum of $450,000 of the registered bonds of Virginia, upon which one year's interest is now due. These Indians having united themselves with the Confederate States, the Commissioner of Indian Affairs now applies for the interest due on the Trust Bonds. The Governor recommends the payment thereof. Referred to the Committee on Finance.

The bill compensating E. J. Buckwater and Wm. H. Pate, for keeping certain negro convicts in the county of Bedford, was passed.

The following resolutions of inquiry into expediency were referred to the appropriate committees:

By Mr. Taylor: Of making South Anna river, from Bush Creek Ford to its junction with the North Anna, in the county of Hanover, a lawful fence.

By Mr. Hopkins--Of incorporating Liberty Hall Academy, in the county of Rockingham.

By Mr. Robertson, of Berkeley: Of providing by law ‘"for the trial of criminal cases by juries of a vicinage other than that in which the offence is charged to have been committed when a trial in such vicinage cannot be conveniently had by reason of the presence of the public enemy, or the prevalence among the people therein of sentiments unfriendly to the enforcement of public justice"’--as authorized by the Convention.

The bill to provide for the construction between the Orange and Alexandria and Manassas Gap Railroad and the Richmond and Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad, was taken up. Several amendments were elaborately discussed, and finally the bill was laid on the table.

Mr. Steger asked leave to withdraw the memorial of Joseph R. Anderson, & Co., referred to a committee by the House, which was granted.

Mr. Buford offered a resolution to inquire into the expediency of legalizing the use of certain State securities now held by the Bank of Pittsylvania as a part of its capital — Adopted.

The House then adjourned.

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