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House of Delegates.

Thursday, Feb. 13, 1862.

The House met at 12 o'clock. Prayer by Rev. Mr. Woodridge.

Mr. Minor offered a resolution that the House meet daily at 11 o'clock A. M. Objected to.

Mr. Blue offered a resolution that the Committees on the Armory of both Houses of the General Assembly, be constituted a joint committee to examine the said Armory; which was adopted.

Mr. James presented a memorial from citizens of Botetourt praying that the distillation of grain be prohibited. He moved the reference of the petition to a special committee of seven, with instructions to report a bill at an early day.

Messrs. Bass, Woodson, Fleming, Anderson, of Botetourt, earnestly advocated the resolution.

The resolution was adopted, and the Speaker appointed the following special committee: Messrs. Woodson, James, Bass, Fleming, Treadway, Orgain, and Paine.

The bill providing for the payment to loyal citizens of the interest on certain bonds guaranteed by the Commonwealth, was ordered to be engrossed.

On motion of Mr. Blue; the House took up the report of the Committee on Privileges and Elections in regard to the election recently held for a member of the House of Delegates in the county of Pendleton. The report declares the election invalid, and recommends that it be set aside.

Mr. Woodson presented the remonstrance of G. T. Saunders against the election; and claiming that if any legal election was held, he (Saunders) was entitled to the seat.

Mr. Sheffer moved to lay the report on the table.

A discussion followed, in which Messrs. Sheffer and Hunter advocated the motion to lay on the table, and Messrs. Woodson, Green, and A. W. McDonald opposed it.--The motion prevailed by a vote of — ayes 51, nays 31.

Mr. McCannant, from the special committee, reported a bill confiscating the lands of citizens of the United States, lying west of the Allegheny mountains, and where said lands are claimed by loyal citizens, under grants from the Commonwealth, to transfer the same to them.

Mr. Tomlin presented the petition of George Taylor, in relation to the validity of his security ship on the bond of Robert M. Nimmo, Storekesper of the Penitentiary.

Mr. Eggleston presented a resolution that the Committee on Military Affairs be instructed to inquire into the expediency of paying the 86th Regiment Virginia Militia, commutation for clothing, while employed in the military service of the State; which was adopted.

On motion of Mr. Robertson, of Richmond, the House then went into secret session.

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