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General Assembly of Virginia.[Extra session.]

Tuesday, March 19, 1861.

The Senate was called to order at 10½ o'clock, Mr. Johnson in the Chair.

Bills Reported.--A bill amending the charter of the town of Union, in the county of Monroe; a bill establishing a Board of Claims.

A resolution proposed by Mr. Paxton, changing the hour of meeting from 10 to 11 o'clock, was voted down.

A joint resolution was proposed by Mr. Pats, suspending, for 12 months, the judgment of the Circuit Court of Richmond city against Wm. Stratton and Henry Farley, of Logan county, upon a note for $1,950. Laid over under rules.

Virginia Canal Company.--On motion, House bill to incorporate the Virginia Canal Company, and to transfer the rights and franchises of the James River and Kanawha Company thereto, was referred to a committee, with instructions, to report as early as possible, Committee: Messrs. Neeson, Paxton, August, Logan, Douglass, and Brannon.

Communication from the Governor.--The President laid before the Senate a message from the Executive, transmitting a communication from Oliver P. Morton, Governor of Indiana, enclosing a joint resolution adopted by the General Assembly of that State, calling for a Convention to amend the Constitution of the United States.

Also, transmitting a communication from Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, communicating an authenticated copy of a joint resolution to amend the Constitution of the United States, adopted by Congress, and approved on the 2d day of March, 1861, by James Buchanan, President.

Tax Bill.--The consideration of the unfinished business of yesterday was resumed. A number of amendments of minor importance were concurred in.

Mr. Nash moved to amend the 31st section, so as to provide that auctioneers should in no case exceed $1,000, which he subsequently withdrew.

Mr. Brannon moved to amend the same section by the insertion of the following, which was adopted:

"Taxable sales in this section shall be construed to embrace sales made by such auctioneer or vendue-master, whether such sale be public or private."

Mr. Stuart proposed as a new subject of revenue, that a new section be inserted in the bill, imposing a tax on the enrollment and registration of every private charter granted by the General Assembly, or by any Court of this Commonwealth.

Kino.--Mr. Lynch moved to reconsider the vote by which Kino tables were stricken from the 24th section.

The subject gave rise to a discussion, pending which.

On motion, the Senate adjourned.

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