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House of Delegates.

Friday, Feb. 21, 1862.

The House was called to order at 11 o'clock. Several bills were read and ordered to engrossment.

On motion of Mr. Kaufman, the bill for the relief of John Avis, late jailor of Jefferson county, was called up and passed.

Resolutions adopted.

The following resolutions were offered:

By Mr. Saunders--For the reconsideration of the vote by which the constitutional majority of this House was last night determined. Adopted.

On motion of Mr. Robertson, of Richmond, the original report and resolution was recommitted to the Committee on Courts.

By Mr. Newton--Inquiring into the expediency of furnishing from the State forces of Virginia a number of seamen, not exceeding 4,000, for the defence of the Chesapeake and its tributaries. Adopted.

By Mr. Woolfolk--Inquiring into the expediency of reporting a bill imposing a heavy tax on agents for procuring substitutes for militiamen and volunteers in the army, and requiring them, before a licence is granted, to enter into a bond, so conditioned as not to impose on either party in procuring substitutes Adopted.

By Mr. Colemant--Relative to the expediency of allowing the claims of Hopkins a Wilt, late merchants of Howardsville, Albemarle. Adopted.

By Mr. Davis, of Campbell — Relative to amending the existing law in reference to Building Fund Associations, so as to allow stockholders to own more than 50 shares each. A

By Mr. Fleming--That (the Senate concurring) the House proceed to elect, on Thursday, the 27th inst., a Secretary of the Commonwealth, a State Treasurer, Auditor and Second Auditor of Public Accounts, Register of the Land Office, Superintendent of the Penitentiary, General Agent and Store-Keeper of the Penitentiary, and a Public Printer. Laid ever.

By Mr. McDonald--instructing the committee to whom was referred the Constitution of the State, to report what construction is to be given to the 3d section of Art. 4, and the 8th section of the same article, or of any other section the construction of which is necessary to the prosecution of the business of the House.

Pending the consideration of the resolution, the hour of 12 arrived, and the House toon up the order of the day--

The Military bill,

And then proceeded to the consideration of the bill authorizing the Government to organize and enroll certain military forces for the deforce of the State.

[The bill empowers the Government to organize, enroll, and sail out, all the white male inhabitants of the counties of the State, and of the cities of Richmond. Norfolk, Petersburg, Fredericksburg, and Lynchburg, between the ages of signed and eighteen years, including all white male important of the same ages who may on progress from their home in this

who may be sojourning in said cities and counties.--Rep.]

An amendment to the second section was proposed by Mr. Prince, and adopted; when, upon motion of Mr. Banour, the House took up

The tax bill.

Mr. Wilson proposed to amend the thirty-second section of article first, imposing a specific tax of upon distillers, by excepting from-its operation distilleries engaged wholly and for not more than four months in the distillation of trait.

Mr. Wilson warmly supported his amendment, declaring the proposed tax to be unjust in its operation upon the fruit growing sections of the State, and contending that the effect of its imposition would be to diminish instead of increase the public revenue.

Mr. Paton took substantially the same ground, maintaining that the tax would be, in certain cases, prohibitory in its effect, and would be exceedingly oppressive to the small farmers in his section, who frequently rely upon this distillation of fruit for the means of paying their taxes.

The amendment, after brief discussion, in which Mr. Stesur, of Richmond, maintained the negative, was adopted.

An amendment to impose a tax upon agents for procuring substitutes for militiamen and volunteers, was negatived.

Pending the discussion of the several amendments proposed, the bill was, upon motion of Mr. Harbour, recommitted to the committee.

The House adjourned.

Night session.

The House re-assembled at half-past 7 o'clock.

The pending question was laid upon the table in consequence of the absence of Mr. Carenove.

Rights and disabilities of persons of Miked

Mr. Steger offered a resolution that the Committee on Courts inquire into the expediency of amending sec. 3, chap 108, and sec. 7, chap. 107, and also to affix by law the rights and disabilities of persons of mixed blood. Adopted.

The sale of ardent spirits.

Mr. Baker offered a resolution that the Military Committee inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill enabling cities and towns to prevent the sale of ardent spirits when required by the military authorities.-- Adopted.

Maryland and Virginia's quota of volunteers.

Mr. Bradbond offered a resolution that the Military Committee inquire into the expediency of reporting a bill authorizing the Governor to equip three batteries of artillery, of four guns each, to be furnished the Maryland Brigade on condition that they enter the Confederate service as a part of Virginia's quota. Adopted.

Medals for re-enlisted volunteers.

Mr. Sanders offered a resolution to inquire into the expediency of conferring medals upon volunteers who may re-enlist. Adopted.


Mr. Noland offered a resolution of inquiry into the expediency of amending those sections of the Code providing for the compensation of jailors in relation to apprehended runaway haves. Adopted.

The fight at Fort Donelson.

On motion of Mr. Collier, Mr. Dunn, a bearer of dispatches from Gen. Floyd, was permitted to give his account of the attack upon the fort up to the hour of his departure on Friday evening.

The majority question.

Mr. Carenove called up his motion to order the question on the resolution fixing the constitutional majority of the General Assembly; but withdrew it at the request of

Mr. Collier. who offered a substitute to the resolution, that the House proceed at 12 o'clock to-morrow to fill the vacancies declared to be existing in the body.

After considerable debate, in which Messrs. Collier, Anderson and Green participated, the previous question was demanded and the substitute rejected by a vote of eyes and noes — eyes 12, noes 82.

The question then recurring upon the original report, it was, after slight debate, adopted my a vote of eyes and noes, as follows — eyes 52, noes 41.

Mr. Bradford called up the bill to provide for the payment of interest to loyal citizens on certain bonds guaranteed by the Commonwealth. Adopted.

The Maryland line.

Mr. Jones called up a bill authorizing Maryland Volunteers, who re- enlist in Virginia troops, to be transferred to Maryland regiments. Adopted.

The bill authorizing the Governor to organize and call out certain military forces, was made the order of the day for to-morrow. Adjourned.

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