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General Assembly of Virginia.
[extra session.]

Tuesday, March 5, 1861.

The Senate was called to order at the usual hour, (Mr. Johnson in the chair,) and opened with prayer by the Rev. Mr. Moorman, of the Methodist Church.

Bills Reported.--A bill imposing taxes for the support of Government; a bill making appropriations for deficiencies in former appropriations, and for defraying expenses of the General Assembly and Convention, now in session — which were read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time; a bill for the relief of John M. Jones, late Sheriff of Pendleton county; a bill for the relief of John H. Dunlary, late Sheriff of Mathews county; a bill for the voluntary enslavement of Thomas Garland and Mary Anderson, free persons of color, of the county of Hanover.

Resolutions of Inquiry.--The following resolutions of inquiry were offered and referred. By Mr. Quesenberry, of incorporating the Oxford Cotton and Woolen Manufacturing Company, in the county of Caroline; by Mr. August, of allowing Mrs. Martha Jane Eckert to marry again.

Mr. McKenney called for the order of the day — the bill releasing the schooner Pauline from the payment of Commonwealth's claim to a fine imposed for an alleged violation of the inspection laws. The bill was passed.

Bills Passed.--Senate bill to authorize an issue of arms to Titus V. Williams, of the county of Tazewell, for the use of an Academy; House bill to amend an act passed 31st March, 1860, entitled "an act to restrict the catching of oysters in certain months;" House bill to incorporate the Berkeley Border Guard Armory Company; Senate bill to refund to the Preston Coal and Iron Company money improperly paid by it into the Treasury.

Military Academy.--The bill appropriating $100,000 for the establishment of a Military Academy at some eligible point in the Trans-Alleghany portion of the State, having been taken up, was discussed by Messrs, Neeson and Paxton, and rejected for want of a constitutional majority.

On motion of Mr. Townes, the vote by which the bill was lost, was reconsidered, and the bill laid on the table in order to enable its friends to modify it.

On motion Mr. Dickinson, of Prince Edward, the Senate adjourned.

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