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General Assembly of Virginia.

Tuesday Feb. 4, 1862.

The Senate was called to order at the usual hour. Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Moore, of the First Presbyterian Church.

A communication was received from the House of Delegates announcing the passage of the following bills: To incorporate the Mutual Life Insurance Company; to amend the charter of the town of Danville, &c.

Bills reported.

Mr. Brannon, from the Committee on Finance and Claims, reported a bill authorizing a re-assessment of a house and lot in Lynchburg.

Mr. Newman, from the Committee on Military Affairs, reported a bill to secure to Virginia the arms, accoutrements, and equipments furnished by her, to troops now or to be placed in the field.

Mr. Pate; from a select committee, reported a bill to empower the Governor to have made out and filed in the State Department complete lists of the Virginia forces.

Communication from the Executive.

The President laid before the Senate a communication from the Governor, transmitting copies of the correspondence between the Executive and Confederate authorities on the subject of the public arms of the State. Laid on the table and ordered to be printed.


The following resolutions inquiring into the expediency of legislation upon the subjects named, were adopted:

By Mr. Collier--Of cancelling, by way of retaliation and reprisal, the State bonds held by the Government of the United States or any citizens or inhabitants thereof, and of applying the amount of interest which would semi-annually accrue thereon to the relief and indemnity of the citizens and loyal residents of this State who have been robbed or otherwise injured by the marauding soldiery of the Government.

By Mr. Whittle--Of providing by law for the protection of the public library at Lewisburg, in the county of Greenbrier, by removing it further from the incursions of the enemy.

The military bill.

Mr. Johnson presented the proceedings of a meeting of Bowyer's Battery, a company of Bedford volunteers, protesting against the provisions of a bill passed by the Senate entitled an act to reorganize Virginia's quota of the Confederate States army. Read and laid on the table.

Bills passed.

The following bills were taken up and passed:

Senate bill to establish an inspection of leather, in the city of Norfolk.

House bill making an appropriation to the civil contingent fund — yeas 33, noes none. --(Appropriates $10,000.)

House bill to incorporate the Petersburg Iron Works.

House bill to refund to E. W. Bayley a sum of money erroneously paid by him into the Treasury. Yeas 31, nays none.

Order of the day.

On motion of Mr. Newman, the order of the day, to raise a force for the defence of Western Virginia, was postponed until to-morrow (Wednesday)

Stay law.

On motion of Mr. Coghill, the bill known as the ‘"Stay Law"’ was taken up and made the order of the day for Thursday.

The war tax.

On motion of Mr. Johnson, the bill assuming the payment of the Confederate States war tax was made the order of the day for Thursday.

Covington and Ohio Railroad.

Mr. Christian, of Augusta, on behalf of the Committee on Roads, &c., reported the following joint resolution, which lies over under the rule:

Resolved, by the General Assembly, That the Board of Public Works, on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia, is hereby authorized to negotiate with the proper authorities of the Confederate States for the delivery to said Board of the bonds of the Confederate States, to an amount not exceeding one million of dollars, to be taken as an advance, pro tanto, in payment of the debt of said Confederate States to the Commonwealth of Virginia, when obtained, and that the proceeds of the sales of said bonds shall be applied by said Board, as promptly as practicable, to the further construction and completion, westwardly, of the Covington and Ohio Railroad, so as most speedily to make the same available for transportation purposes for the military defence and protection in Western Virginia: Provided, that said Confederate States bonds shall not be sold at less than their pay value, and that the amount obtained and applied as herein directed shall, to that extent, be taken as so much out of the existing appropriation by the State of Virginia for the construction of the said Covington and Ohio Railroad.

On motion of Mr. Thompson, the Senate adjourned.

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