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cancy in the judgeship of the eighteenth judicial circuit, made vacant by the death of Judge David McComas. Mr. Hunter, of Berkeley, offered a resolution inviting legislation on the subject of desertion and the unlawful evasion of military duty, making both infamous crimes, and disfranchising those found guilty of them. Mr. Baskerville introduced a resolution recommending the immediate rebuilding of that part of the Roanoke and Valley railroad between Raleigh and Gaston, in the county of Granville, North Carolina, and the town of Clarksville, on the Roanoke river, in the county of Mecklenburg, Virginia, and the completion of the line from Clarksville to Keysville, on the Danville railroad, in the county of Charlotte. Mr. Pendleton introduced a resolution to rebuild the burned bridge on the Saltville branch of the Virginia and Tennessee railroad, to facilitate the transportation of wood to the salt works. After some other unimportant business the House adjourned.
Virginia Military Institute was taken up from the calendar. Pending a debate, upon the motion of Mr. Marshall, to lay it upon the table, On motion of Mr. Armstrong the Senate resolved itself into secret session. House of Delegates. The House assembled at noon; Speaker Sheffey in the chair. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Woodbridge. A joint resolution of the Senate in relation to the Ordnance Department of Virginia was read, and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. Mr. Pendleton offered a resolution to abolish the department and transfer it to the Confederate Government. Mr. Magruder, Chairman of the Committee for Courts of Justice, reported a bill to provide for the serving of notices in certain cases. Also, an act to amend the code concerning divorces. Mr. Treadway, from the Committee on Schools and Colleges, reported a bill concerning the removal of the Virginia. Military Institute from the city of Richmond. The Speaker laid before the H
ause of rebellion would be traced to others than those now in arms. He would ask the gentleman to say at whose door the sin lies, and by whom committed. Mr. Pendleton replied that he was not surprised the gentleman was somewhat touched by what he had said. It might be the gentleman misunderstood the exact force of his langupossibly might have been in the neighborhood of the gentleman, and in his own State, and in all the free States, those who would infract the Constitution. He (Mr. Pendleton) had said let gentlemen beware how they push their doctrine, lest it would be found that the compact of confederation had first been broken elsewhere than in tisan feeling, but solely by a regard for the character and perpetuity of our free institutions. Mr. Jenckes (Rhode Island) expressed his astonishment that Mr. Pendleton called this a compact of confederation, and asked, if we are not one nation, what are we? He called upon the gentleman and all of his school to frame an indic
s. Mr. Garfield alluded to the progress of emancipation. Slavery was first driven from the territories, and then its kingdom of the States was shaken to its foundation, and one by one its corner-stones were being removed. His colleague (Pendleton) had, however, found a new resting place for slavery — namely, where the great statue of liberty was enshrined; but no spot was so sacred that slavery could not be pursued to the altar, and there slain. The argument of his colleague were good eign and independent. This he controverted; and if they were sovereign and independent, they were not so now. Coming into the Union, the obligation once taken, rendered them an indivisible nation. Mr. Stevens said the gentleman from Ohio (Pendleton) had exonerated those in arms in the rebel States from responsibility for this bloody war and placed it upon himself (Stevens) and those who acted with him. This was a grievous charge if true, and should make them feel not only regret, but remo
a substitute for the bill, which was read. House bill, with slight amendments, on the same subject, was offered as a substitute, to Mr. Coghill's substitute, by Mr. Douglas, and the last-mentioned substitute having been read. On motion of Mr. Coghill, the bill and amendments were laid on the table and made the order of the day for to-morrow at 12 o'clock. The Senate then went into secret session. House of Delegates. The House was called to order at 12 o'clock M. by Mr. Pendleton, of Ohio county, Speaker pro tem., in the absence of Speaker Sheffey. House bill to amend the fence law of Virginia in regard to certain counties was amended and advanced to its engrossment; also, the bill to amend the bill organizing the Commercial Agency of Virginia. Sundry resolutions were introduced and agreed to, when, pending the discussion of the agency bill, the House went into secret session, on motion of Mr. Deane. When the doors re-opened the body adjourned.
a duty certain employees of the religious newspapers of Richmond. The order of the day from yesterday being Mr. Douglas's substitute of House bill on the subject of purchase and distribution of supplies for indigent families of soldiers and others within the limits of the Commonwealth, was then taken up and discussed till the arrival of the hour for going into secret session. After a short time spent therein, the doors were opened and the Senate adjourned. House of Delegates. The House was called to order at 12 M. by Speaker Pendleton, of Ohio county, in the chair. The Speaker laid before the body a series of joint resolutions, adopted by the Legislature of Texas, on the subject of the war, peace and independence, and affirming that independence is the only basis upon which peace can be re-established. Pending a discussion growing out of a motion to print and refer the resolutions, the House went into secret session on motion of Mr. Deane, of Camp bell.
spent therein, the doors were opened and the Senate adjourned. House of Delegates. The following new bills were introduced from committees: A bill concerning license taxes. A bill to provide for the payment of certain claims against the penitentiary. A bill to amend and re-enact section one of chapter seven of the Code of Virginia, changing the time of holding elections. A bill to provide additional employment for convicts in the penitentiary and a supply of coal. The bill to prohibit and punish the purchase and sale of gold and silver coin was taken up, and was going through its amendatory process, when the North Carolina Commissioners entered the hall, and were conducted to seats at the right of the Speaker's chair. On motion of Mr. Pendleton, a recess of ten minutes was taken, and the members were introduced, individually, to the Commissioners. The consideration of the gold bill was continued until the House went into secret session.
On your suggestion that it would be well to have the opinions of other officers of the army on the subject, the bill was, on motion of Mr. Brown, of Mississippi, referred to the Committee on Military Affairs, and I now have the honor to submit herewith to your consideration letters I have received from General Joseph E. Johnston, General S. Cooper, Lieutenant-General Ewell, Lieutenant-General Longstreet's Inspector-General; Major- Generals Fitz Lee, Rosser and Lomax, of cavalry; Brigadier-Generals Pendleton and Long, of artillery; Colonel Crutchfield, Stonewall Jackson's chief of artillery; Major-General Heth, Major-General Smith, Governor of Virginia; and Major-General Smith, Superintendent of Virginia Military Institute; Captain W. N. Barker, acting chief of Signal Bureau, and Captain Wilbourn, of Signal Corps; Brigadier-General Wharton, Colonel J. S. Mosby, and many other distinguished officers of the army, all approving this design, which, with such letters as have been addressed
ived at Dalton, to direct the procuring of artillery horses and field transportation, to enable the army to advance. On the 4th, under orders 32 of 1864, I applied to the chief of the conscript service for one thousand negro teamsters. None were received. On the 8th of April, Colonel B. S. Ewell, Assistant Adjutant-General, was sent to Richmond to represent to the President my wish to take the offensive with proper means, and to learn his views. A few days after, Brigadier-General Pendleton arrived from Richmond to explain to me the President's wishes on the subject. I explained to him the modification of the plan, communicated by General Bragg, which seemed to me essential, which required that the intended reinforcements should be sent to Dalton. I urged that this should be done without delay, because our present force was not sufficient even for defence, and to enable us to take the offensive if the enemy did not. On the 1st of May, I reported the enemy abou
nia?" with the reservation that said convention shall not alter the Bill of Rights or certain sections of the State Constitution; that the tickets to be voted shall indicate whether the voter is for or against a convention.] Messrs. Deane and Pretlow, of the committee appointed to report upon the subject, submitted a minority report, declaring a convention inexpedient at this time. A debate arose upon the disposal of the bill. It was finally ordered to be printed, the House refusing to suspend the rules in order to put the bill upon its second reading. The consideration of the bill was then made the order of the day for to morrow. Mr. Deane then moved the printing of the minority report, and it was so ordered. Mr. Pendleton moved, at 1 o'clock, that the House go into secret session, but the House refused — ayes, 32; noes, 40. The bill to increase the pay of the professors of the Virginia Military Institute was taken up and discussed to the hour of recess.
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