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General Assembly of Virginia.

Tuesday, March 25, 1862.

The Senate was called to order at 11 o'clock A. M., the President in the chair.

Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Doggett, of the M. E. Church.

A communication was received from the House of Delegates, announcing the passage of sundry bills.

A joint resolution requiring R. M. Nimmo to execute a new official bond by the 29th March, 1862, and, in the event of his failure to do so, providing for his removal from office, was, on motion of Mr. Coghill, laid on the table.


Mr. Newton offered the following joint resolution; which was adopted:

Resolved, by the General Assembly, That the joint resolution providing for the publication of Sketches of the Acts and Resolutions of the General Assembly, passed March 22d, 1861, be and the same is hereby rescinded.

Mr. Coghill moved to take up the joint resolution requiring R. M. Nimmo, Penitentiary Storekeeper, to execute a new official bond before the 29th of March, 1862.

The motion was agreed to; whose upon, Mr. Coghill moved to amend the resolution by striking out the 29th and inserting the 31st March.

The amendment was adopted, and the resolution, as amended, was agreed to.

Bills passed.

A bill amending an act incorporating the Confederate Mutual Life Insurance Company.

A communication on the subject of Military Exemptions was received from the Executive, marked ‘"confidential;"’ whereupon the Senate went into secret session. The Governor, in his communication, objects to the number of exemptions allowed by the Legislature as seriously impairing the military force of the State.

The doors being again opened, a bill ‘"to carry into effect a contract with the lessees of the Washington and Smythe Salt Works for the purchase of salt,"’ (providing for the equitable distribution of salt so purchased,) was taken up.

Mr. Johnston offered as a substitute a bill providing for the purchase of the Salt Works.

The substitute was rejected, and the bill, after being variously amended, was ordered to be engrossed and read a third time.

On motion, the Senate adjourned.

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