House of Delegates.
Wednesday, May 7, 1863.
convened at 12 o'clock, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Duncan
There was not report from the standing committees but a number of resolutions were submitted and appropriately referred.
est offered a resolution instructing the Committee of Courts of Justice to inquire into expediency of allowing the County
Courts of the Commonwealth
to purchase supplied of salt for the use of citizens of their respective counties.
The resolution was agreed
L nn submitted a resolution that the committee on Finance be required to inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill for the assessment of a tax on all tobacco raised in the State
, during the present year.
presented a resolution that the Committee of Courts of Justice be instructed to inquire into the expediency of amending the 1st section of Chapter 108 of the Code of Virginia
offered a resloution that the Committee of Courts of Justice inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill providing adequate punishment for unlawful impressments, and for the punishment of those who purchase property, falsely representing themselves to be authorized to buy or impress the same.
, a resolution that the Clerk
of the House
be instructed to collate and have published, for the use of the members of this House, the acts of the Confederate Congress regulating exemptions, providing for conscription, organizing a force for local and border defence, and any other acts now in force pertaining to the organization of the Confederate forces, together with the instructions of the Secretary of War
under the act of conscription.
The resolution was adopted.
offered the following resolution, which was not agreed to:
Resolved, by the General Assembly,
That the Construction proposed by the late Convention having been rejected by the voters of this Commonwealth, and the Congress of the Confederate States having passed the Conscription Act
, therefore, in the opinion of the General Assembly an extra session is unnecessary, and that the General Assembly will adjourn sine dis
on Saturday, the 10th day of the present month.
offered a resolution, that so much of the Governor
's Message as recommends the repeal of sec 27 of chapter 44 of the Cod of Virginia
, and of sec, 4 of Ordinance No. 35
, passed April 30, 1861, be referred to the Committee
called up the resolution offered by him yesterday, requesting the Attorney General
to communicate his views on the legal effect of the Conscript and Exemption bills of Congress, upon the Exemption bills of the General Assembly; and how far they repeal or change the character of the latter, and what class of persons are exempted under such modification.
Also, that he communicate his views upon any subject he may deem important.
The resolution was discussed by Messrs. Hunter
, and Woodson
, and, on motion of Mr. Bradford
, was laid on the table.
The Speaker then stated that he had received a communication from the Executive
which required to be considered in secret session; and the House
resolved itself into secret session.