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General Assembly of Virginia.
[extra session.]

Tuesday,March 12, 1861.

The Senate was called to order at 10 o'clock, Mr. Johnson in the chair. Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Moore.

A communication from the House was rend, announcing the passage of the Senate bill providing for the correction of erroneous assessments, with an amendment, which was concurred in; also, House bill imposing taxes for the support of Government. s

On motion, the tax bill was laid on the table and ordered to be printed.

Bills Reported.--Authorizing the city of Portsmouth to issue coupon bonds; amending the 15th section of chapter 109 of the Code of Virginia, (2d edition;) amending the 55th section of chapter 171 of the Code of Virginia; incorporating the Bank of Parkersburg, in the county of Wood; authorizing the Petersburg Railroad Company to increase their capital stock.

Tax Bill.--The vote by which the bill imposing taxes was ordered to be printed, was reconsidered, and the bill was made the order of the day for to-morrow at 11 o'clock.

Winchester and Potomac Railroad Extension--On motion of Mr. Isbell. the bill authorizing the Winchester and Potomac Railroad Company to extend their road from the town of Winchester, to connect with the Manassas Gap Railroad at or near the town of Strasburg, was taken from the table. Memorials in favor of the extension, signed by a number of persons entrusted therein, were presented by Mr. Carson and read.

The proceedings of the Common Council of Alexandria, against the proposed extension, were presented by Mr. H. W. Thomas, and read.

A motion was made to indefinitely postpone

Mr. Isbell addressed the Senate in an able argument against the postponement, and in favor of the passage of the bill.

He was followed by Mr. H. W. Thomas in opposition. At the conclusion of Mr. Thomas remarks,

Mr. Carson spoke briefly in support of the measure.

The vote was then taken on the indefinite postponement of the bill, with the following result:

Yeas.--Messrs. Carter, Coghill, Critcher, Day, J. Dickenson, Douglass, Greever, Hubbard, Johnson, Logan, Lynch, Marshall, Massie, Nash, Neeson, Newlon, Pate, Quesenberry, Rives, Smith, Stuart, Taliaferro, H. W. Thomas, Townes, Urquhart and Wickham--26.

Nays.--Messrs. Brannon, Bruce, Caldwell, Carson, Claiborne, A. D. Dickinson, Early, French, Gatewood, Isbell, Neal, Paxton and Thompson-- 13.

Bills Passed.--Senate bill to provide for the voluntary enslavement of Thomas Garland and Mary Anderson, persons of color, in the county of Hanover; Senate bill to amend the third and fourth sections of an act passed March 15, 1850, to provide for the inspection of guano and plaster of Paris, in the city of Richmond and town of Petersburg; Senate bill for the relief of the securities of Eugenius Tibbs, late Sheriff of the county of Ritchie; Senate bill directing the payment of certain interest to Emmet J. O' Brien; Senate bill for the relief of the securities of Thomas K. Davis, late Sheriff of Prince William county; Senate bill for the relief of Benjamin S. Reynolds, of Harrison county; Senate bill authorizing the voluntary enslavement of Fanny Mathews, without compensation to the State.

On motion of Mr. H. W. Thomas, the Senate adjourned.

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