General Assembly of Virginia.
[extra session.]

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 1861.
Called to order at 12 o'clock.

Prayer by Rev. Mr. Minnegerode, of the Episcopal Church.

A communication was received from the House announcing the passage of a resolution by that body inviting the members of the Senate to assemble in the Hall of the House of Delegates at 1 o'clock to-day, for the purpose of receiving the Alabama Commissioners. Accepted and communicated back to the House.

Pardons and Reprieves.--A communication from Gov. Letcher relative to reprieves, pardons, &c. was received, and, on motion, laid upon the table and ordered to be printed.

Bills Reported.--By Mr. Coghill, from the Committee of Courts of Justice, to compensate jurors serving on inquests in the counties of New Kent, Charles City, James City, York, Warwick, and Elizabeth City, and also the cities of Williamsburg and Norfolk. The rules were suspended, and the bill passed to its third reading.

Resolutions of Inquiry.--The following resolutions of inquiry were adopted and appropriately referred: By Mr. McKenney, of reporting Senate bill No. 231, of last session, amending the charter of the Jackson Orphan Asylum of Norfolk city; by Mr. Paxton, of releasing the securities of John E. Lewis, late Sheriff of Greenbrier county, from the payment of damages on the revenue collected by the said Sheriff, and of extending the time of payment thereof; by Mr. Newman, of refunding to Thos. L. Jordan $26.54, improperly paid by him; by Mr. Carson, of amending the act passed March 14, 1860, entitled "an act for the relief of Hugh Crolly and Patrick McCane;" by Mr. Hubbard, of passing some law for the object of relieving the Asylums of this State from certain harmless and incurable patients.

The following joint resolution, proposed by Mr. Neal, was laid over, under the rules:

Whereas, the sending of reinforcements to the forts and arsenals of Virginia has caused uneasiness, and is a source of disquietude to the citizens of the Commonwealth! Therefore.

Resolved by the General Assembly of Virginia, That the President of the United States be respectfully requested to inform the Governor of the Commonwealth the object of the Government of the United States in sending said increase of the forces aforesaid, and whether, said increase of the forces aforesaid, and whether in his opinion, the object of the erection of said strongholds. (for the defence of the property of Virginia, As likely to be realized.

Mr. Johnson, of Bedford, from the Joint Committee on State and Federal Relations, reported a preamble and resolutions, (published in the House proceedings of Monday,) which were laid on the table and ordered to be printed.

On motion, the Senate then adjourned, at 1 o'clock, and proceeded to the House for the purpose of participating in the proceedings in honor of the Alabama Commissioners.

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