House of Delegates.
Saturday, March 9th, 1861.
was called to order at 11 o'clock, by Mr. Tomlin
, of King William, and opened with prayer by Rev. Mr. Willis
, of the Baptist Church.
offered a resolution requesting the Armory
Commissioners to report to the House
the amount of bonds they obtained from the Board of Public Works under the provisions of the act appropriating $500,000 to repair the Armory
and to purchase arms; whether they sold the bonds, and, if so, whether at par, or at what discount; and also to render an account of their expenditures, and for what purpose, giving items and prices, and, if they received the whole $500,000 of the bonds, what part thereof has been expended, and what disposition have they made of any part thereof not expended.
offered a resolution, to the effect that the House
, on the 12th inst., proceed to the election of Major
and Brigadier Generals
of Va. Militia.--Adopted.
--Amending the charter of the city of Richmond
, (extending its corporate limits;) authorizing the Merchants' Bank of Lynchburg
to establish Branches at certain places, viz: Rocky Mount, Franklin county
, Washington county
, Abingdon, in Washington county
, Lebanon, in Russell county
, and Princeton, in Mercer county
--A message was received from the Senate through Mr. Nash
, that that body had passed a joint resolution paying the Sheriffs a per centum for speedy settlement of revenue.
Covington and Ohio Railroad.
moved to reconsider the vote by which the bill concerning the Covington
and Ohio Railroad was defeated yesterday.
He wanted to offer a substitute for the bill.
The rules were suspended, and the House
agreed to reconsider the vote.
The bill was then carried back to its second reading.
Finally a motion prevailed to lay the bill and substitute on the table.
The substitute offered by Mr. Crump
reads as follows:
the contractors on the Covington
and Ohio Railroad are sustaining great loss in consequence of the depreciation of State stock, mainly caused by our political troubles, and will be compelled to abandon their contracts, without some relief; and it being manifestly to the interest of the tax-payers of the State
that the work on the Covington
and Ohio Railroad should not be suspended: Therefore.
Be it Resolved, by the General Assembly of Virginia.
That the Board of Public Works be empowered and instructed to increase the price of the work 10 per cent. to the contractors on the Covington
and Ohio Railroad: Provided,
That said increase shall only be allowed to the contractors now engaged in the construction of said road; and provided, further,
that said increase shall only continue until the first day of December, 1861.
Virginia and Maryland Boundary Line.
--A communication was laid before the House
from the Governor
"I appointed Col. Angus McDonald
, whom I considered well qualified for the service, an agent to proceed to England
to obtain from thence all record and documentary evidence tending to ascertain and establish the true line of boundary between Virginia
and the States of North Carolina
, and Maryland
I communicate herewith an able and elaborate report made by him."
laid the communication and accompanying documents on the table.
One thousand copies were ordered to be printed for the use of the House
--On motion, the House
proceeded to consider the Tax bill, which was advanced to its engrossment.