Legislature of Virginia.

Senate. Saturday, Dec. 21, 1861.
The Senate was opened with prayer by the Rev. Dr. Converse, of the Presbyterian Church.

Virginia Military Institute.

The President laid before the Senate a communication from the Executive, transmitting the annual report of the Board of Visitors of the Virginia Military Institute. Laid upon the table and ordered to be printed.

Tobacco statistics.

The President laid before the Senate a communication from the Auditor of Public Accounts, transmitting elaborate statistics, in response to the following resolution, adopted on the 6th inst.:

Resolved, That the Auditor of Public Accounts be requested to furnish to the Senate a statement, showing the aggregate amount of all money received into the Treasury for and on account of the State's insurance upon tobacco in all the warehouses in the State up to this time; the amount received from each warehouse; the period at which it was received; also, what amount has been paid out by reason of losses on said insurance; what other disposition, if any, has been made of the money received; also, the annual amount received into the Treasury from each of the warehouses built by the State, and the sum paid for their construction.

The communication was laid upon the table and ordered to be printed.

Confederate Congress.

Mr. Thompson, of Dinwiddie, offered the following joint resolution:

Resolved by the General Assembly, That the Governor of Virginia be and he is hereby authorized to provide suitable accommodations within the Capitol for the sessions of the Congress of the Confederate States, provided that the same shall not materially interfere with the sessions of the General Assembly.

The resolution was adopted, and ordered to be communicated to the House.

The wants of soldiers.

On motion of Mr. Nerson, it was

Resolved, That inquiry be made into the expediency of making an appropriation from the treasury to relieve the distresses and wants of such soldiers in service as have been, by the presence of the public enemy, cut off from their homes and resources in this Commonwealth.

Bills passed.

The Senate bill to amend an act incorporating the Danville Manufacturing Company, was taken up and passed.

The House bill to incorporate the Virginia Chemical Works was, on motion of Mr. Robertson, referred to a special committee, consisting of Messrs. Neeson, Robertson, and Douglas, who subsequently reported it without amendment, and the bill passed.

On motion, the Senate adjourned, to meet again on the first Monday in January.

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