General Assembly of Virginia.
Thursday, March 6th, 1862.
The Senate was called to order at 11 o'clock, and opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Jeter
The execution of the joint order, having for its object the election of certain State officers on the 6th of March, was postponed until the 20th inst.
A message was received from the House of Delegates, by Mr. Anderson
, of Botetourt
, who informed the Senate that the House
had passed a bill entitled "an act to suspend the work on the Kanawha river
, and to authorize the application of a part of the loan made for that improvement, to keep open the navigation of the James river
Canal, and to improve the sluices upon a part of the river." Referred to the Committee
on Roads and Internal Navigation.
The Senate were also informed that the House
had agreed to a joint resolution of request to the Secretary of War
in relation to the acceptance of new regiments, battalions, and companies from Virginia
, and to a joint resolution authorizing the Governor
to send Special Messengers to obtain enrollments, and also to the resolution of the Senate requesting a Committee of Conference on the disagreement between the two Houses in relation to the bill entitled "an act to authorize the Governor
to organize and call out certain military forces for the defence of the State
Bills were reported: Authorizing the receipt of Confederate States
Treasury Notes in payment of taxes and other public dues; compensating David W. Forbel
for services connected with the militia of Nicholas
and Greenbrier counties
The joint resolution authorizing the Governor
to accept a light infantry company from Middlesex county
, was taken up and agreed to.
The following resolution, offered by Mr. Johnson
, of Bedford
, was adopted:
That hereafter when it is ascertained by a vote upon any question that a quorum of the Senate is not in attendance, the President
shall immediately cause the roll of members to be called by the Clerk
, whose duty it shall be to request the reporters to publish in the daily papers of this city, on the next day thereafter, in the report of the proceedings of the Senate, the fact that no quorum was present, and the names of the members present and of those absent, unless otherwise ordered by a majority of those present.
The bill increasing the salary of Joseph Jackson
of accounts in the office of the Auditor of Public Accounts, was called up by Mr. Thomas
, of Fairfax
, and on his motion was made the order of the day for Monday next.
The bill to prevent shooting and trespassing on Sunday was taken up, on motion of Mr. Garnett
. Various amendments were rejected, and one offered by Mr. Coghill
, was adopted, providing that the bill shall go into effect in such counties and corporations only as may adopt the same by the Courts
The bill was advocated by Messrs. Garnett
, of Augusta
, and others, and opposed by Messrs
, Lynon, and others.
The bill was passed.
On a motion to amend the title no quorum appearing, the President
, under a rule adopted this morning, ordered the roll to be called in order to ascertain the absentees with a view to their publication.
This was done and a large number found absent.
At this stage of the proceedings, Mr. Thomas
, of Fairfax
, moved to rescind the order of publication, on which the Senate divided — ayes 15 nays 14.
The bill to organize a military contingent fund was taken up and passed.
House of Delegates.
Thursday, March 6.
was opened at 11 o'clock with prayer by the Rev. Mr. Walker
offered a preamble and joint resolutions declaring it to be, in the opinion of the House
, the duty and the policy of the Confederate States
Government to possess itself, by purchase, of the entire crops of cotton and of tobacco, and to cause the destruction of such portions of them as are likely to fall into the hands of the enemy.
Laid upon the table, without debate, and ordered to be printed.
of the Committee
on Military Affairs, laid before the House
a communication from Gen. Randolph
, commanding at Suffolk
, setting forth certain grave abuses practiced by a Board of Magistrates, under authority of the act enumerating the exemptions from militia service.
also offered a resolution relative to so amending the act as to prevent the recurrence of said abuses.
offered a joint resolution proposing an adjournment sins die
of the General Assembly on the 17th instant, which was objected to, and laid over under the rules.
A resolution authorizing the Governor
to accept the services of all volunteers from the State
who proffered their services prior to the 9th of March. Objected to, and laid over under the rules.
Upon the arrival of the hour of 12 o'clock, the joint order of the day (the election of State officers) was taken up, and the Senate notified of their readiness to proceed to the election.
moved that the House
go first into an election for Superintendent
of the Penitentiary.
inquired whether the Committee
to examine into the bonds of candidates, &c., had yet reported, and being answered by the Clerk
in the negative, moved a postponement of the election until Thursday, March 20th. Adopted.
offered a bill on authorizing County Courts of Alleghany county
to impose a tax upon dogs.
moved to amend the bill by extending its provisions to Botetourt
Adopted, and the bill ordered to its engrossment.
A bill was called up providing that any Senator
or Delegate who shall, without the consent of the House
of which he is a member, absent himself from its deliberations, he shall be deemed guilty of a breach of his privilege, and that no member shall hereafter absent himself from the Assembly without first obtaining the consent of the House
of which he is a member.
The act led to a lengthy debate, which being finally terminated by a demand for the previous question, it was tabled, upon motion of Mr. Rivers
, by a test vote — ayes 55, noes 34--Mr. Tomlin
vigorously opposing the motion.
By Mr. Woodson
--Inquiring into the expediency of exempting from military duty all persons who have furnished substitutes, either in the State
or Confederate service, who are not liable to military duty in this State.
Also, inquiring into the expediency of exempting from militia duty one miller and one blacksmith in each neighborhood.
moved to indefinitely postpone the subject, which was put and decided in the affirmative.
, from a Joint Committee of Conference, to whom was referred the bill authorizing the Governor
to enroll and call out certain military organizations for the defence of the State
, submitted a report recommending the passage of the bill with certain amendments and omissions.
A motion to table the report in order that it might be printed was rejected, and the report was then, after a brief debate, agreed in.
The bill relative to the discontinuance of the public works on the Kanawha
and the improvement of the James River Canal
adjourned at 3 o'clock.