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House of Delegates.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1862.

The House proceedings were opened at 11 o'clock with prayer by Rev. Dr. Duncan.

The bill to refund the damages paid by the sureties of Thomas K. Davis, late Sheriff of Prince William county, was passed.

Mr. Prince offered a resolution that the Clerk be authorized and requested to publish in the Richmond papers the bill providing for exemptions from military duty.

Mr. Fleming moved as a substitute that 2,000 copies of the bill be published in pamphlet form, which was adopted.

The Speaker presented a communication from, the Governor relative to gross frauds committed by Col. John Snyder, in command of the 135th Regiment, and Col. A. C. Balley, in command of the 142d Regiment Virginia Militia. Laid on the table and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Hunter presented a resolution from the Committee on Courts of Justice, that a constitutional majority of either House of the General Assembly shall consist only of a majority of the members actually elected. Laid on the table.

The bill making an appropriation for the construction of a military road from Huntersville to Warm Springs was defeated for want of a constitutional majority. The vote was afterwards reconsidered.

The following resolutions of inquiry into expediency were referred to the appropriate committees:

By Mr. Thrash--Of refunding to Walter C. Turpin a tax on land erroneously assessed.

By Mr. Newton--Of authorizing the organization of a battalion to be armed with pikes and revolvers.

By Mr. Wooten--Of refunding to B. B. Burdy, Sheriff of Lunenburg county, a sum of money erroneously paid.

The bill amending the ordinance of the Convention for the organization of the Provisional Army of Virginia, was ordered to its engrossment.

The bill compensating Wm. H. Dulany for services rendered, was passed.

The bill amending section 11, chapter 29, of the Code of 1860, so as to exempt the property of persons in the military service of the State from distress for rent, was passed.

Mr. Noland presented the petition of Capt. G. R. Galther, of Maryland, Co. M., 1st Virginia cavalry, praying the Legislature for aid towards returning his company with bargain, some, and equipments.


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