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House of Delegates.

Thursday, February 21st, 1861.
The House was called to order at 11 o'clock, by Speaker Crutchfield.

Prayer by Rev. George Jacobs, of the Mayo Street Hebrew Church.

A message from the Senate announced the passage of several bills. Referred to House committees.

Bills Reported.--The following bills were reported, viz: Requiring reports from Savings Banks and certain Insurance Companies, and imposing a tax thereon; for the relief of John Avis, late Jailor of Jefferson county; authorizing the payment of a sum of money to Henry Exall, of the city of Richmond, for services rendered and expenses incurred in altering and repairing the State Court-House in the city of Richmond; refunding to Jas. W. Larue a sum of money paid on an erroneous assessment of land.

Harper's Ferry Expenses.--Mr. Duckwall moved to take up from the table the report of the Harper's Ferry Auditing Board, on the subject of paying a portion of the 89th Regiment of Virginia Militia, and accompanying resolution. The House refused taking up the report and resolution.

Resolutions.--The following resolutions of inquiry into expediency were offered, viz: By Mr. Fleming, of reporting a bill instructing the Board of Public Works to divide the Staunton and Parkersburg Road into two sections, and appoint a superintendent for each section; by Mr. Watson, of amending the 6th section of chapter 200 of the Code of Virginia; by Mr. Richardson, of amending and re-enacting the 9th section of an act passed February 12th, 1853, entitled an act to incorporate the Bank of Wheeling; by Mr. Collier, of requiring the Banks of this State to make an annual statement showing all dividends and deposits unclaimed for a period of three years exceeding three dollars, and the names of parties to whose credit such dividends and deposits are standing on the books of such Banks; by Mr. Thomas, of enforcing, by proper penalties, the requirements on the Banks for quarterly statements of their condition; by Mr. Baskerville, of refunding to the estate of Richard Boyd a sum of money for taxes improperly paid under erroneous assessment; by Mr. Friend, of authorizing Justices of the Peace to issue garnishee processes on their judgments; by Mr. Magruder, of authorizing the volunteer companies of Scottsville and Howardsville to form a battalion; by Mr. Montague, of authorizing the construction of a turnpike road from the New River White Sulphur Springs, in Giles county, to Vicker's Switch on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, on the joint stock principle; by Mr. Mallory, of authorizing the trustees of Ebenezer Academy, in Brunswick, to sell the same, and apply the proceeds for the benefit of indigent children in said county.

The Armory Building.--The Speaker laid before the House a communication from the Governor, enclosing a letter from the Superintendent of the Armory, which was ordered to be printed and referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. The Governor says: ‘"In my message at the opening of your session, I called your attention specially to the recommendation contained in the report of the Armory Commissioner of the 7th day of December last, and gave to it my approval. My attention has been again called to the subject, and the pressing necessity for immediate legislative action, by the energetic and enlightened Superintendent of the Armory, from whom I have received a communication herewith transmitted for your consideration. I will be pardoned, I am sure, for the expression of a wish that the subject may be finally acted upon at the earliest practicable moment."’

The communication from Charles Dimmock, Captain and Superintendent of the Armory, says, ‘ "it is thought indispensable to the carrying out of the law for converting the Armory into a manufactory, that the grounds and buildings occupied by the Public Guard should be appropriated for the building necessary to the heavy machinery."’

Petitions Presented.--By Mr. Lockridge, the petition of sundry citizens of Randolph and Pocahontas counties, for a further appropriation to the Huttonsville and Huntersville Turnpike Road; by Mr. Morris, the petition of Robert McConnell and others for the release of Ann McGuire from her imprisonment in the county jail of Marshall county; by Mr. Haymond, the petition for the relief of the securities of Edward Moore, late Sheriff of Wetzel county.

Senate Bill Passed.--A message was received from the Senate by Mr. Pennybacker, who informed the House that the Senate had passed a bill authorizing the County Court of Rockingham county to loan to the Manassas Gap Railroad Company a sum of money.

The bill was afterwards taken up and passed.

Temporary Adjournment.--The House adopted a resolution, offered by Mr. McKenzie, to the effect that the House adjourn over to Saturday, at 11 o'clock.

Covington and Ohio Railroad.--On motion of Mr. Rutherford, the House suspended the rules for the purpose of taking up and passing the engrossed bill ‘"for the partial suspension of the sale of State bonds, and to provide for complying with contracts already made upon the Covington and Ohio Railroad. "’ It was read a third time and debated, and the question being on the passage of the bill, Mr. Walker demanded the previous question, which call was sustained. The vote on the bill was as follows.

Yeas.--Messrs. Crutchfield, (Speaker,) Alderson, Anderson, Bailey, Ball, Ballard, Barbour, Baskerville, Bentley, Bisbie, Caperton, Carpenter, Carter, Chapman, Christian, Coleman, Duckwall, Edgington, Ferguson, Fleming, Frost, John T. Gibson, Grattan, Hanly, Harrison, Hackley, Hunter, Warner T. Jones, Kemper, Locke, Lockridge, Lucas, Magruder, Wm. Martin, Massie, Matthews, Maupin, McCamant, McCue, McDowell, McGruder, John R. Miller, Montague, Morgan, Myers, Newton, Orgain, Patterson, Preston, Rutherford, Saunders, Seddon, Sibert, Isaac N. Smith, Staples, Thompson, Tyler, Walker, Ward, Welch, Willcox, Witten, and Woolfolk--63.

Nays.--Messrs. Arnold, Bassel, Bell, Booker, Brown, Burks, Cassin, Childs, Collier, Crane, Crump, Davis, Dickenson, Edwards, Ferrill, Friend, John Gilmer, C. H. Gilmer, Hoffman, Hopkins, Hunt, Leftwich, Lundy, Lynn, Mallory, Thomas Martin, McGehee, Medley, Miles, Mong, Morris, Phelps, Pretlow, Pritchard, Richardson, Wyndlram Robertson, R. K. Robinson, Rives, Scott, Shannon, James K. Smith, Tomlin, Arthur Watson, West, Wilson, Wingfield, and Yerby--48.

So the bill was lost, for want of a constitutional majority.

On motion of Mr. Graham, the vote was reconsidered.

On motion of Mr. Chapman, the bill was laid on the table.

On motion, the House adjourned to Saturday at 11 o'clock.

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