House of Representatives.
Monday, March 17, 1862.
met at 12 o'clock, and opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Doggett
. The Journal of Saturday was read.
Hon. Mr. Gentry
, of Tenn.
, appeared and took the oath of office.
, of Ala.
, offered a resolution that Congress adjourn on the 31st day of March, and convene again on the 1st Monday in July.
moved to amend by striking out the time for meeting.
moved that the resolution be laid upon the table.
Motion not agreed to.
moved to amend by inserting the first Monday of October instead of July, or to be convened by the President
here, or at such other point as he may designate.
moved to amend the amendment by striking out all after the word President
moved that the resolution and the amendments be laid upon the table.
gave notice that he would present a similar resolution to-morrow.
moved to take up a resolution offered by him some days ago relative to an adjournment.
Motion not agreed to.
, of Georgia
, introduced a bill for organizing the army, disciplining the militia of the Confederate States
, and providing for calling out the militia under the laws for suppressing insurrection and repelling invasion.
He advocated the bill at some length, and then moved its reference to the Committee
on Military Affairs; and it was so referred.
renewed his motion, made on Saturday, to reconsider the vote by which the resolution of Mr. Foote
, relative to the organization of the different Departments of the Government
, was adopted.
Some discussion was likely to be elicited by this motion, when
stated that he was willing to regard the vote as reconsidered, and the resolution was laid upon the table.
offered the following resolution; which was agreed to:
That the Committee
on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the expediency of repealing the laws of naturalization of the United States
, as now in force in the Confederacy
, and reporting in their stead a general law of naturalization in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution
of the Confederate States
, of Miss.
, moved that the injunction of secrecy be removed from the bill passed on Saturday for the reorganization of the army.
The motion was not agreed to.
, of N. C.
, introduced a bill to authorize the payment of the sums advanced by the State of North Carolina
to the Confederate States
, and for other purposes Referred to the Committee
on Military Affairs.
, of Tenn.
, offered the following resolution:
That the Judiciary Committee inquire what legislation, if any, is necessary to legalise the acts of the Marshal
and District Attorney
, and that the committee report by bill or otherwise.
offered a resolution calling upon the Secretary of War
to furnish the House
with the report of Brigadier-General Henry A. Wise
, of the affair at Roanoke Island
Upon this resolution a lengthy debate took place, which was participated in by Messrs. Foote
, and others [Want of room and typographical force prevents us from giving a synopsis of this debate.] After the discussion, the resolution was withdrawn.
A message was received from the President
announcing that he had appointed — his Private Secretary
, in place of Robert Joselyn
, of Miss.
, hoped that the House
would take up and dispose of the bill under consideration on Thursday last for fixing the pay and mileage of members.
, of Ga.
, submitted a substitute for the bill, fixing the pay of members at $8 per day, and ten cents per mile as mileage.
moved that its consideration be indefinitely postponed.
Not agreed to, and the House
proceeded to the consideration of the bill.
The question being called, the Speaker
decided that the question was first upon the highest figures proposed to be inserted in lien of $3,000 in the Senate bill, which was stricken out by vote of the House
Under this ruling of the Chair.
's motion to fill the blank with $2,920 was first voted upon, and was defeated by a vote of ayes 54, noes 40.
's motion to insert $2,500 was the next considered, and was adopted by a vote of 36 to 38.
The vote was then taken on the substitute of Mr. Gartrell
, and it was rejected — ayes 38; noes 43.
A message was received from the Senate, announcing that body had passed a bill to encourage the enlistment of marines, in which the concurrence of the House
The substitution of the amendment of Mr. Ellicott
was the only material change of the bill as it came from the Senate, and with that amendment the bill was passed by the House
, and goes back to the Senate for its concurrence.
, from the Committee
on the Judiciary, reported back the bill on the subject of military exemptions, referred to last week, and moved that the committee be excused from its further consideration.
, of Va.
, moved that the special order of the day — viz: The bill relating to the sequestration and confiscation of property of alien enemies-be postponed until Thursday next, at 1 o'clock. Agreed to.
A majority and a minority report from the Committee
on Elections were submitted in reference to the case of J. P. Johnson
, who conte is the election of Hon. A. H. Garland
After some discussion, both reports were recommitted to the committee, without instructions.
On motion of Mr. Miles
, the House
then went into secret session.