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General Assembly of Virginia.

[extra session.]


Saturday, Feb. 23, 1861.
Called to order at 11 o'clock, Mr. Brannon in the chair.

Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Bosserman, of the Universalist Church.

Bills Reported.--For the relief of Benj. S. Reynolds, of Harrison county; to incorporate the Virginia and Ohio Telegraph Company; organizing a volunteer company of Cavalry in Albemarle county; amending section 6 of chapter 138 of the Code; for the relief of Mrs. Cora Anderson, administratrix of Frederick Anderson, dec'd; providing for the purchase and distribution of books of instruction for the use of the military officers of the State.

Resolutions of Inquiry.--The following resolutions of inquiry were adopted and referred; By Mr. Dickenson, of Grayson, of amending the charter of the Black Lick and Plaster Bank Turnpike Company; by Mr. Thomas, of Henry, of refunding to Richard Wells, Sr., of the county of Henry, a certain fine paid by him in satisfaction of a judgment of the County Court of said county; by Mr. Isbell, of compensating Charles B. Harding, late Commonwealth's Attorney for Jefferson county, for extra services as Commonwealth's Attorney for that county.

Joint Resolution.--The following joint resolution, proposed by Mr. Finney, was laid over under the rules:

Resolved by the General Assembly of Virginia, That by allowing the Federal flag to be raised on the Capitol of Virginia, that State denies the right of the seceding States their position.

Bills Passed.--Senate bill refunding to Moses G. Booth, damages paid by him as surety of Samuel S. Turner, late sheriff of Franklin county; Senate bill for the relief of Thomas L. Jordan, of Wayne county; Senate bill to distribute Mayo's Guide to Coroners; Senate bill for the relief of Samuel E. Lybrock, of Giles county; House bill releasing the Commonwealth's claim to a certain island in Chesapeake bay to Edmund J. Paulson; Senate bill for the relief of M. C. Hall, late Sheriff of Lewis county, and his securities; Senate bill for the relief of Webb & Adams; Senate bill for the relief of Thomas Nichols; Senate bill to authorize railroad companies to appoint police agents.

On motion of Mr. August, the order of the day, the bill appropriating a sum of money to purchase certain ordnance and material of J. L. Archer, of Bellona foundry, was taken up and made the order of the day for Thursday next, at 12 o'clock.

On motion of Mr. Townes, the rules were suspended; and the bill passed a few days ago for the relief of the Banks of the Commonwealth, was taken up, and a verbal amendment made thereto. The bill was then again passed.

On motion of Mr.Armstrong. the Senate adjourned.

House of delegates.

Feb. 23, 1861.

Speaker Critchfield called the House to order at 11 o'clock A. M.

The House was informed by message from the Senate of the passage of a number of bills.

Bills Reported.--The following bills were reported, viz: Incorporating the Carroll County Mining and Manufacturing Company; amending and re-enacting an act passed March 22, 1860, entitled An act to incorporate the Knob Turnpike Company, in the county of Washington, and incorporating the Halters Gap and Washington Turnpike Company; amending and re-enacting an act passed March 22d, 1860, entitled An act to incorporate the Knob Turnpike Company, in the county of Washington, and incorporating the Abingdon and Tennessee Turnpike Company: for the relief of the securities of Wilson Abbott, late Sheriff of the county of Raleigh; incorporating the New River White Sulphur Springs and Wicker's Switch Turnpike Company.

The Banks and State Indebtedness.--Mr. Robertson, of R., offered the following resolution, which was adopted:

Resolved,That the Auditor of Public Accounts report to this House: First. The amount which, in his opinion, the State is likely to be called upon to provide in specie for the payment of the interest in July and January, on State bonds due to holders out of the State. Second. Tables showing what portion of the said amount would be payable by each of the Banks of this Commonwealth: 1st, on the basis of their respective capitals; 2d, on that of capital, circulation and deposit; 3d, on that of circulation and deposits.

Laid on the Table.--Mr. Christian moved that 1,000 additional copies of the report of the Committee of Roads and Navigation, in reference to the ability of Beloit, Bros. & Co. to execute their contract for the completion of the James River and Kanawha Company, be printed for the use of the House. Laid on the table. House bill authorizing a loan from the Literary Fund to the Allegheny College, being on its third reading, was laid on the table, on motion of Mr. Christian.

Motions for Adjournment,--By Mr. Jones, of Appomattox:

Resolved,That when this House adjourns on the 5th of March, it will, with the concurrence of the Senate, adjourn sine dic.

’ On his motion the resolution was laid on the table.

By Mr. Fleming:

Resolved, That when this House adjourns on today, it will adjourn to meet on Monday next, and on each day thereafter at 10 o'clock A. M.

’ On motion, laid on the table.

Committee on Enrolled Bills.--The Speaker announced the following Committee on Enrolled Bills; Messrs. Hackley; Orgain, Pritchard, Davis, Evans, Hoffman, Kyle, Sibert, Watts, Phelps, Pretlow, Smith of Taylor, Mong, Bisbie, Wilson, Nelson, Staples, Richardson, Welch, Booker, Saunders, West, Hunter, and Jett.

Resolutions of Inquiry into Expediency.--The following resolutions were offered: By Mr. Rives, of amending the 3d and 4th sections of chapters 85 and 95 of the Code of Virginia; by Mr. Ball, of amending section 5th of chapter 178 of the Code of Virginia; by Mr. Nelson, of reporting a bill authorizing a company of volunteer Cavalry in the 47th Reg't. in Albemarle, to organize with not less than 40 nor more than 100 men rank and file; by Mr. Collier of authorizing the South Side Railroad Company to construct a line of steamers to run in connection with said road from City Point; by Mr. Watson of refunding a fine improperly imposed on Mr. Spencer Drummond, Jr., of the county of Accomac; by Mr. Alderson of reporting a bill for the relief of the sureties of C. Rales, late Sheriff of Raleigh county; by Mr. Johnson of repealing the 4th to the 11th sections of chapter 6th of the Code; by Mr. Lock, of allowing Sam Stone (Commissioner of the Revenue for Jefferson county,) a sum of money erroneously deducted from his commission for the year 1858.

Petitions Presented.--By Mr. Bisbie, the petition of sundry citizens' of the city of Norfolk, praying the repeal of the act of March 19th, 1860, amending the charter of the city of Norfolk; by the same, petition of sundry merchants of Norfolk, praying a compulsory inspection of imported salted provisions; by Mr. Robinson, the petition of the Goochland Dragoons and Richmond Fayette Artillery for the removal of the remains of Gen. H. Lee.

Public Guard.--On motion of Mr. Robinson, of Richmond, the House reconsidered the vote by which Senate bill, "authorizing the Superintendent of the Armory to provide quarters for a portion of the Public Guard," was ordered to be committed.

The necessity of passing the bill was explained by Mr. Robinson, and the same being read a third time, was put on its passage and carried in the affirmative — ayes 109.

Militia Fines.--On motion of Mr.Crump,House bill amending certain laws in respect to the Militia of the Commonwealth so as to render them more affective, was taken up and read a second time. After being variously amended, it was read a third time and ordered to be engrossed. The object of the bill is to induce a more general collection of fines for violations of existing law, and thereby assure the greater efficiency of the military organizations of the State.

On motion, adjourned.

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