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House of Delegates.

Friday,March 1, 1861.

The House was called to order at eleven o'clock, by the Speaker, and opened with prayer by Rev. J. A. Duncan, of the M. E.Church.

The Bank Relief Bill.--The House were informed by Mr. Anderson, of Botetourt, that the 1st Auditor construed the provisions of the bill which passed yesterday as requiring the Banks to contribute specie to provide for the Sinking Fund, which would cause $500,000 in specie additional to be required. Therefore, he asked the House to request the Senate to return the bill for purposes of amendment.

The Bank bill was returned from the Senate, and Mr. Anderson offered the following amendment to the 5th section: Provided that nothing in this section shall be construed to require the Banks of this Common wealth to contribute specie beyond the amount necessary to pay the interest on the public debt.

Mr. Keen moved to provide further that the Banks of this Common wealth shall, at their discretion, issue notes of a less denomination than five dollars, to an amount not exceeding ten per cent. on their capital; and provided, also, that no notes of such denomination shall be issued after the 1st of March, 1862; all laws enforcing the penalty for the issue of such notes is hereby suspended till such time.

On offering his amendment, Mr. Keen said that he intended on yesterday to have offered the proposed amendment, but from the telegraphic manner in which this bill was hurried through the House on yesterday, he was prevented from doing so. He had no idea of inflicting this House with a speech upon the subject; it was a plain proposition, and spoke for itself — not only as a relief to the banks, but to the people. Nor had he much idea that it would pass, judging from the temper of the House on yesterday. In reply to the gentleman from Botetourt, that it made nonsense to the bill, he had only to say that this House had assumed to itself long since the right to enact nonsense, and especially so in this bill. He called the previous question on the bill.--The amendment was rejected — Ayes 9, noes 107.

Mr. Anderson's amendment was then adopted, and, on his motion, the bill was sent back to the Senate.

Afterwards, a message was received from the Senate, through Mr. Brannon, that it had receded from their amendments, and agreed to the passage of the Bank bill as passed by the House.

Bills Passed.--Amending the charter of Sir John's Run Turnpike Company; changing the time of holding the Circuit Courts in the town of Danville; authorizing the sale of real estate belonging to Ebenezer Academy; incorporating the Staunton Arms and Ordnance Department; for paying Virginia Commissioners to President and seceding States; for the relief of Geo. W. Tucker, of Halifax co.

Resolutions.--The following resolutions of inquiry were offered: By Mr. Hoffman, of refunding excess of merchants license improperly paid; by Mr. Barbour, of relieving the Sheriff of Culpeper from certain fines, &c.; by Mr. Richardson, of allowing two military companies in Wheeling to form a battalion; by Mr. McDowell, of changing the times of holding the Circuit Court in the 14th district; by Mr. Johnson, of providing that suggestions may be sued out by and be returned before a Justice, &c.; by Mr. Davis, of amending the law in reference to damages against Sheriffs; by Mr. Ballard, of giving holders of land under patent an absolute title after ten years possession and paying taxes.

Bills Reported.--To provide for taking the sense of the voters of Marshall county on opening and keeping in repair roads in said county; for the relief of John Robinson, free negro, of Buckingham county; for the relief of James Walden, a free negro, of Chesterfield county; to organize an additional Regiment of Volunteer Cavalry; amending and e-enacting the 13th section of an act passed March 30th, 1860, entitled, An act for the better organization of the militia of the Common wealth; concerning District Public Schools in the county of Ohio; Senate bills increasing the clerks in the Auditor's office; for the relief of D. S. Dickinson; House bill for the relief of C. Koles, late Sheriff of Raleigh county.

Adverse Report.--A report was returned adverse to the petition of Wm. A. Thacker and others, asking to be refunded money improperly paid.

Petition.--Mr. McDowell presented the petition of citizens of Botetourt county, asking a change in the time of holding the Circuit Court of said county.

Special Committee.--A Special Committee was appointed, on motion of Mr. Ross, to report a bill authorizing the trustees of the Methodist Church in Salem, Roanoke county, to sell and convey the same.

Referred.--Senate bill to legalize proceedings on Sunday, in certain cases, was referred to the Committee of Courts of Justice.

On motion, the House took a recess till 7½ o'clock.

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