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rch 8, 1864, entitled an act appropriating the public revenue for the fiscal years 1863--'64 and 1864 '65, with amendments proposed by the House of Delegates, was taken up. Some of the amendments were agreed to, and others disagreed to, after which it was returned to the House of Delegates. On motion of Mr. Coghill, the bill providing for the distribution of salt to the citizens of Virginia was taken up, read the third time and discussed till the hour of adjournment. House of Delegates. The House met at 10 A. M. The following bills were called up, discussed and passed: Bill for the relief of William E. Herndon, member of the House, with Senate amendment thereto. Senate bill to protect legitimate Virginians against the acts of the bogus government of Peirpoint--West Virginia. Senate bill to assess incomes, persons and property. The Senate bill to impose taxes for the support of Government was taken up, and discussed for the remainder of the session.
We are pleased to observe the interest manifested by Virginians in the revival of their old institutions of learning. Considering the financial distress in which the people are involved, the patronage extended to their schools and colleges at this time is remarkable. The University has a large number of students, and bids fair not only to retain its ancient influence and reputation, but to widen and extend the sphere of its usefulness. There is no institution in the South which commands so much of the respect and confidence of its people. Its course of instruction is fully up in all its points to the demands of the age. Its professors are tried men, and are devoting their great faculties to the revival of their famous school with an energy that is above all praise. We believe that other colleges and schools throughout the State are also gradually recovering from the losses of the war. Certainly no State can boast of more competent teachers than those engaged in the business
Great Britain. At his death, Mr. Randolph emancipated all his negroes by will, and provided for their future support. The apparent inconsistency of holding slaves and being opposed to slavery was, in his case, as it was in that of many other Virginians, apparent only. Mr. Randolph knew not what to do with his slaves if he should emancipate them, and all his contemporaries were a similar quandary. It cannot be denied that a great change took place in the mind of Virginia during the last be denied that a great change took place in the mind of Virginia during the last years of slavery. This arose, in a great measure, from the resentment engendered by party strife and sectional recrimination. Yet, that Virginia, as a community, was much less wedded to the institution than either the majority of Virginians or the people of the North supposed, is apparent from the alacrity with which her people submitted to the imposed necessity and the small desire they have to see it restored.
Christmas present for General Lee. --The beautiful and elegant set of furniture, twenty one pieces in all, presented to General Lee by the noble daughters of the Monumental City, passed through this city yesterday, and was shipped by canal for Lexington. The present was brought on free, the agents of the steamboat line refusing to charge freight, in compliment to Virginia's former chieftain. We understand that the draymen who hauled the furniture through the city quarreled for that privilege. We believe that freight is charged upon it from this city to Lexington. Such testimonials to this noble son of Virginia cannot but be gratifying to Virginians. "All honor to his name!"
News from the Virginia Legislature via New York city. --The Herald's Richmond correspondent says there is a strong feeling among the "pure Virginians" in the Legislature in favor of going into an election of United States Senators. But the majority fear the powers at Washington. J. R. Tucker, R. M. T. Hunter, Governor Peirpoint, General Strother, John M. Botts, C. H. Lewis, A. H. H. Stuart, J. B. Baldwin and L. C. P. Cowper are, according to this correspondent, the candidates. Mr. Grattan, ("the leader of the House,") Mr. Sewell and Mr. Garnett are for Hunter and Tucker; Mercier, Stearns and Lemosy for Botts; Gilmer for Peirpoint.-- "Messrs. Segar and Underwood do not seem to have any friends in either House, though they deserve many." [We give this gossip for what it is worth. It is surely new to us.] The correspondent of the New York Times writes that a growing sentiment exists here in favor of so altering the Constitution of Virginia as to make the possession of
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