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General Assembly of Virginia.
[Extra session.]

Thursday, March 14, 1861.

The Senate was called to order at 10 o'clock, Mr. Thomas, of Fairfax, in the Chair. Prayer by Rev. Mr. Brown.

Bills Passed.--Senate bill to increase the pay of certain officers of the Public Guard; House bill to amend chapter 108 of the Code, concerning births, marriages and deaths. On motion of Mr. Douglass, House bill providing for payment of the Peace Commissioners was taken up, and he offered the following amendments: To insert $10 per day instead of $8; also, to give $6 per day additional to John Tyler. The amendments were agreed to, and the bill was passed unanimously.--Senate bill for the relief of the securities of Robert Chambers, Sheriff of Boone county; Senate bill to incorporate the Coal and Oil Company of Braxton county; Senate bill to incorporate the Common wealth Savings Bank, of Richmond; Senate bill to amend the charter of the Virginia Car-Spring Company; also, to amend certain acts relating to the charter of the New Creek Company, of Hampshire county; also, to incorporate the Laurel Valley Oil and Coal Company, in the county of Mason; also, to authorize Thomas Chancellor to erect a wharf on his lands; Senate bill extending the corporate limits of the town of Fredericksburg; Senate bill to incorporate the Burning Springs and Oil-Line Railroad Company; also, to authorize the Circuit Court of Preston county to legalize the conveyance of a tract of land made by Andrew Oliphant, as guardian or committee of William Smith, an idiot; also, to incorporate the Silver Run Mining and Manufacturing Company; House bill to amend and reenact the 2d section of an act passed Feb. 8, 1860, to revive and amend an act passed March 1st, 1853, entitled "an act to amend and revive the charter of Little Kanawha Navigation Company;" also, to amend the charter of the Sir John's Run Turnpike Company; also, to amend an act incorporating the town of Christiansburg, and extending the limits of the same.

Bills Rejected.--Senate bill for the relief of Rowland Fletcher; Senate bill to refund a sum of money to the Virginia Rifles, paid by them for sword bayonets, was rejected for want of a constitutional majority, (ayes 24, noes 6;) Senate bill to authorize a loan to the Western Military College, was rejected for want of a constitutional majority.

On motion of Mr. Taliaferro, the vote by which the bill was lost was reconsidered, and, on his motion, laid on the table.

Bills Reported.--Mr. Brannon, from Committee, reported House bill imposing taxes for the support of government, and on his motion, it was ordered to be printed. He also reported, with a recommendation against passing, House bill to amend the 35th section of an act entitled ‘"an act imposing taxes for the support of government,"’ passed March 31st, 1860.

Resolution of Inquiry.--Mr. Wickham offered the following joint resolution:

Whereas. there is at this time a very large number of able-bodied convicts in the Penitentiary unemployed, and kept at a heavy expense to the Commonwealth; and whereas the Capitol of the State is getting in bad repair, and it may become desirable at some future day to construct a new Capitol; and whereas the State owns valuable granite quarries within a short distance of the city of Richmond: Therefore, be it

Resolved, That a select committee of five be appointed to inquire into the expediency of authorizing the Governor of the Commonwealth to cause a portion of the convicts of the Penitentiary to be employed in quarrying and dressing granite, with a view to the future erection of a new Capitol.

The President appointed Messrs. Wickham, Dickinson of P. E., August, Paxton and Pennybacker, as the committee.

On motion of Mr. Newman, the Senate adourned.

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