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e Confederate States and declaring the determination of the Congress and the people thereof to prosecute the war till their independence is acknowledged, were taken up as the special order. Mr. Henry addressed the Senate at length upon the resolutions; after which, on motion of Mr. Haynes, of Tennessee, they were referred to-the Committee on Foreign Relations. On motion, by Mr. Haynes, the Senate adjourned. House of Representatives. The House was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Burrows. The House took up and passed the pending bill to increase the salary of the clerk of the Confederate District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia. Mr. Russell reported from the Judiciary Committee a bill to increase the salary of Judge Halyburton to $10,000. Mr. Chilton, of Alabama, reported from the Judiciary Committee the Supreme Court bill, which was ordered to be printed and made a continuing special order. Mr. Russell moved to go into secret session.
House of Representatives. The House was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Burrows. The Speaker announced the following special committees: The committee of one from each State to prepare a memorial, to be addressed to the several State Legislatures, under a resolution of Mr. Staples, of Virginia.--Messrs. Rives, of Virginia; W. E. Smith, of Georgia, Marshall, of Kentucky; Rogers, of Florida; Kenner, of Louisiana; Keeble, of Tennessee; Gilmer, of North Carolina; Clark, of Missouri; Batson, of Arkansas; Sexton, of Texas; Chilton, of Alabama; Orr, of Mississippi. [Mr. Staples desired not to be appointed on the committee.] Committee of investigation, under the resolution of Mr. Welsh, of Mississippi, to inquire into the condition of the Stuart Hospital.--Messrs. Welsh, of Mississippi; Blandford, of Georgia; Turner, of North Carolina; Herbert, of Texas. Committee on the claims of the States, under the resolution of Mr. Smith, of North Carolina. --Messrs. Smith, o
postponed till Monday. House joint resolution proposing a joint committee of the two Houses of Congress respecting the exemption of State officers from the military service of the Confederate States was taken up, and, after some remarks in opposition by Mr. Graham, of North Carolina, and Mr. Barnwell, of South Carolina, was laid on the table. On motion, by Mr. Hill, the Senate resolved into secret session. House of Representatives. The House was opened with prayer, by Rev. Dr. Burrows. The House took up and passed a bill, reported from the Committee on the Judiciary, to increase the salaries of all the district judges of the Confederate States to $5,000 per annum, and that where the salary shall now exceed that sum it shall not be diminished. Mr. Russell, from the Judiciary Committee, reported back the bill to compel those persons who are liable to military duty, and have left the Confederate States to avoid the same, to return to the Confederacy. Ordered
ssion, postponed till Monday. House joint resolution relative to the exemption of State officers, was, on motion of Mr. Watson, of Mississippi, taken up; and, after discussion. On motion, by Mr. Semmes, of Louisiana, referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. On motion, by Mr. Hill, it was ordered that when the Senate adjourn, it be to Monday next. On motion, by Mr. Hill, the Senate adjourned. House of Representatives. The House was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Burrows. The unfinished business under the call of States, being the resolutions of Mr. Foote in reference to a convention of States, coming up, Mr. Blandford moved to lay the resolutions on the table; upon which the ayes and noes were ordered and resulted: Ayes, 63; noes, 13. So the resolutions were laid on the table. Mr. Foote offered a bill to increase the pay and mileage of members of Congress fifty per cent., which was referred to the Committee on Pay and Mileage. By Mr
Confederate Congress. Senate. Saturday, December 3, 1864. The Senate was not in session to-day, it having scorned over to Monday. House of Representatives. The House met at 12 M. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Burrows. The Speaks laid before the House a communication from the President, transmitting one from the Secretary of the Treasury, in livor of W. B. Nott, an acting treasurer relative to the loss of certain vouchers transmission by mail, and recommending the passage of an act to cover the loss. Referred to the Finance Committee. Mr. Atkins, of Tennessee, entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which the House passed and amendment to the rules allowing debate upon a proposition to call the question. The House took to the special order, being a bill to provide for the sequestration of the property of citizens of the Confederate States liable to military duty who have left the country without permission. Postponed and made the order of the day for Mond
ion of Mr. Hunter, the Senate bill reported from the Committee on Finance with amendments, and providing for the suffering families of soldiers residing in counties within the limits, or under the control of, the enemy, was taken up, and the amendments were discussed by Messrs. Hunter, Brannon, Armstrong, Alderson and Marshall till the hour of 3 o'clock; after which, On motion, the Senate adjourned. House of Delegates. The House met at noon, and was opened with prayer by the Rev. Dr. Burrows, of the Baptist Church. A bill was introduced from the Committee on Propositions and Grievances, amending and re-enacting the code of Virginia in relation to the control of Capitol Square and the gates thereof. Mr. Staples introduced a resolution calling for the appointment of a special committee of nine members of the House to take into consideration the subject of our slaves, and what legislation is necessary in the matter; and further, that the said committee inquire and
ion of Mr. Hunter, the Senate bill reported from the Committee on Finance with amendments, and providing for the suffering families of soldiers residing in counties within the limits, or under the control of, the enemy, was taken up, and the amendments were discussed by Messrs. Hunter, Brannon, Armstrong, Alderson and Marshall till the hour of 3 o'clock; after which, On motion, the Senate adjourned. House of Delegates. The House met at noon, and was opened with prayer by the Rev. Dr. Burrows, of the Baptist Church. A bill was introduced from the Committee on Propositions and Grievances, amending and re-enacting the code of Virginia in relation to the control of Capitol Square and the gates thereof. Mr. Staples introduced a resolution calling for the appointment of a special committee of nine members of the House to take into consideration the subject of our slaves, and what legislation is necessary in the matter; and further, that the said committee inquire and
ollier, of Petersburg, against secret sessions, was voted down by a vote of yeas, 4; nays, 36. A bill to protect the currency of the Confederacy against improper depreciation was, on motion of Mr. Coghill, taken from the calendar, when several amendments were made to it, and it was ordered to be engrossed. The hour of half-past 1 o'clock having arrived, the Senate resolved itself into secret session. House of delegates. The House was called to order at noon. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Burrows. The following bills were introduced: A bill to prohibit and punish the traffic in gold and silver coin. A bill to appoint an agent to facilitate the settlement of claims of deceased soldiers. A bill making an appropriation for the purchase of Bruce's picture of General Robert E. Lee. The Senate bill to provide for the transcription of certain records of Warren county was taken up and passed. The bill amendatory of the act providing for the purchase and di
Christian, of Middlesex, taken from the calendar, read the third time and passed. On motion of Mr. Graham, the House bill amending the duelling code of Virginia was taken up, discussed, and, being put upon its passage, was lost by the following vote: Yeas, 14; nays, 16. Subsequently, on motion of Mr. Taylor, of Montgomery, the vote by which the bill was lost was reconsidered, and then it was laid on the table. Mr. Coghill, from the Committee for Courts of Justice, reported a bill amending the third section of the act passed October 3d, 1862, repealing the fence law of the State, as to certain counties, etc., so as to make the remedy for trespassers more effective and summary. On motion of Mr. Taylor, the Senate adjourned. House of Delegates. The House was called to order at noon. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Burrows. The House, without transacting any business of interest, resolved itself into secret session. When the doors re-opened the House adjourned.
Confederate Congress. Senate. Monday, January 23, 1865. Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Burrows, of the Baptist Church. Mr. Garland offered a resolution, which was agreed to, that the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed to inquire into the expediency and propriety of creating a new Executive Department of the Government of the Confederate States, to be styled the Home, Department, to which shall be entrusted the development, management and control of the internal resources of the Crovisions of this act, no subsequent consolidation of the same shall be made unless by virtue of laws hereafter to be passed." On motion, by Mr. Burnett, the Senate resolved into secret session. House of Representatives. by the Rev. Dr. Burrows, of the Baptist Church. The House concurred in the Senate amendment to the House bill to establish offices of deposit in connection with the Treasury of the Confederate States, which limits the number of such officers of deposit to on
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