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Legislature of Virginia, Senate.

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1861.
The Senate was opened with prayer by the Rev. Dr. Burrows, of the First Baptist Church.

Standing Committees.

The President announced the Standing Committees of the Senate, as follows:

On Privileges and Elections,--Messrs. Thomas of Fairfax, Newton, Dickerson of Grayson, Thomas of Henry, Early, Spitler, and Finney.

On Courts of Justice--Messrs. Coghill, Robertson, Neeson, Day, Christian of Middlesex, Ball, Branch, Whittle, and Nash.

On General Laws.--Messrs. Logan, Marshall, Alderson, Caraway, Garnett, Hart, Wiley, and Quesenbury.

On Roads and Internal Navigation.--Messrs. Johnson, Dickinson of Prince Edward, Christian of Augusta, Newman, Marshall, Thompson, Claiborne, Lynch, Pate, McKenney, Taliaferro, Greaver, Whitten, and Bales.

On Finance and Claims.--Messrs. Brannon, Dickinson of Prince Edward, Neeson, Thomas of Fairfax, Day, Bruce, Robertson, Lynch, Early, Christian of Middlesex, Hart, and Branch.

On Banks.--Messrs. Ishell, Christian of Augusta, Robertson, Thomas of Henry, Claiborne, Newton, and McKenney.

On Lunatic Asylums.--Messrs. Claiborne, Urquhart, Greever, Isbell, Garnett, Christian of Augusta, and Branch.

On Agriculture and Commerce.--Messrs. Thompson, Marshall, Carson, Finney, Harvey, Massie, and Bales.

On Military Affairs.--Messrs. Douglas, Carson, Newman, Penny backer, Urquhart, Nash, Quesenbury, Harvey, Spitier, Bail, Whittle, Thomas, of Henry, and Witten.

On the Penitentiary.--Messrs. Dickerson, of Grayson, Brannan, Johnson, Logan, and Garnett.

On the Armory.--Messrs. Neeson, Coghill, Caraway, and Douglas.

On Executive Expenditures.--Messrs. Day, Newman, Early, Dickinson of Prince Edward, and Pennybacker.

On Library.--Messrs. Christian, of Middle-sex, Urquhart, and Whittle.

On First Auditor's Office.--Messrs. Nash, Bail, and Neeson.

On Second Auditor's Office.--Messrs. Marshall, Wiley, and Pate.

On the Register's Office.--Messrs. Taliaferro, Massie, and Bruce.

On the Treasurer's Office.--Messrs. Pennybacker, Spitler, and Branch.

On the Bonds of Public Officers.--Messrs. Newman, Caraway, and Christian of Middlesex.

On Public Printing.--Messrs. Newton, Hart, and Pate.

On Enrolled Bills.--Messrs. Thomas of Henry, Logan, Pennybacker, Thompson, and Massie.

On Clerk's Office.--Messrs. Early, Taliaferro, and McKenny.


The following resolutions were offered and adopted:

By Mr. Douglas.--Instructing the Committee on Finance to inquire into the expediency of compensating John Critcher for services in prosecuting a felony in the Circuit Court of Westmoreland by special request of the Judge thereof.

By Mr. Dickinson.--Granting leave to withdraw from the files of last session the Bill No. 160, and referring the same to the Committee on Finance.

By Mr. Coghill.--Instructing the Committee on General Laws to inquire into the expediency of adopting such legislation as will prevent speculation in articles of prime necessity.

By Mr. Johnson--Instructing the Committee on Finance and Claims to inquire into the expediency of assuming and paying out of the Treasury, or otherwise, Virginia's proportion of the Confederate States War Tax.

By Mr. Brannon--Referring a portion of the Governor's message to the Committee on Finance and Claims.

By Mr. Whittle--Instructing the Committee on Courts of Justice to bring in a bill to conform the Code of Virginia to the Constitution of the Confederate States.

By Mr. Hart--Instructing the Committee on General Laws to inquire into the expediency of amending an act passed 31st January, 1861, chartering the James River Insurance Company, at Howardsville, in the county of Albemarle.

By Mr. Pennybacker--Instructing the Committee on Military Affairs to inquire into the expediency of the more effectual organization of the militia of this State.

By Mr. Coghill--Instructing the Committee on Finance and Claims to inquire into the expediency of refunding to the county of Amherst the amount of a license tax paid by Geo. L. Shroder, and refunded to him by the county Court of Amherst.

By Mr. Thomas, of Fairfax — Instructing the Committee of Privileges and Elections to inquire into the expediency of providing by law for the representation of those senatorial districts of the State now unrepresented by reason of the disloyalty of those elected at the last general election.

By Mr. Dickinson--Granting leave to withdraw bill No. 269 from the files of last session and referring it to the Committee on Finance.

By Mr. Robertson--Instructing the Committee on Finance to inquire into the expediency of remitting a specified percentage on all taxes paid by the tax-payer promptly into the State Treasury.

By Mr. Thomas, of Fairfax — Instructing the Committee on Military Affairs to inquire into the expediency of so amending the law organizing the militia, or providing by law for the payment of horses impressed for the use of the cavalry of the State, and which have either died in the service of the State or been captured by the enemy.

By Mr.Alderson--Instructing the committee on General Laws to inquire into the expediency of declaring a portion of New River a lawful fence.

Communication from the Executive.

The President laid before the Senate a communication from the Executive, transmitting the returns of elections held at the various camps on the 6th of November last, for Senators to represent the 46th and 50th Senatorial districts in the General Assembly. The Senators elected are Norval Lewis, of Harrison, and E. H. Fitzhugh, of Ohio county.

Referred to the committee on Privileges and Elections.

Election of Senators.

The following resolution, offered by Mr. Pennybacker, lies over under the rules:

Resolved, That the Senate, with the concurrence of the House of Delegates, go into the election of Senators of the Confederate States on Monday next at 1 o'clock.


By Mr. Logan--The petition of citizens of Halifax, praying that David Apt may be licensed as a hawker and pedlar.

Negro convicts.

A message was received from the House of Delegates, by Mr. Anderson, communicating an act passed by that body to amend and re-enact the act entitled ‘"an act providing for the employment of negro convicts on the public works,"’ passed April 7, 1856. Read twice and referred.

The Senate adjourned.

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