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General Assembly of Virginia.

Senate. Friday, March 21, 1862.
The Senate was called to order at 11 o'clock A. M., the President in the chair.

A joint resolution of the House of Delegates exempting the Printer of the Court of Appeals, at Lewisburg, from military duty, was taken up, and advocated by Mr. Alderson, and the question being upon the adoption of the same, it was rejected.


Bills reported.

House bill, without amendment, to amend the 2d section of an act incorporating the Thorn Cemetery, at Staunton.

House bill, without amendment appropriating money for the construction of a road from Marlin's Botton, in Pocahontas county, to the Salt Works, in Braxton county. House bill, without amendment, releasing a lion to the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Company. Senate bill authorizing the Paymaster General to pay militia officers for certain services rendered.


Special reports.

Mr. Brange, from a joint committee of both Houses appointed to visit the Eastern Lunatic Asylum, presented a lengthy report, which, on his motion, was laid on the table and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Ball, from a special committee, reported a bill to carry into effect a contract made with the lessees of the Washington and Smythe Salt Works; which, on his motion, was read a first and second time, and ordered to be engrossed and read a third time.

The report of the Committee on Military Affairs, in relation to the communication from the Governor in response to a resolution calling on him for the names of disloyal officers in the militia, referred to in a recent message to the Legislature, was read. The committee declare it inexpedient to legislate on the subject at this time, and ask to be discharged from the consideration of the same. The report was agreed to.

The report of the Committee on Military Affairs in regard to charges preferred against Col. Snyder, setting forth that said case was in the hands of the civil authorities, and asking to be discharged from the consideration of the same, was adopted.

The report of the joint committee appointed to examine the Penitentiary, was, on motion of Mr. Newton, laid on the table.

The following report from the Committee for Courts of Justice was adopted:

The committee have, according to order, had under consideration the following resolution:

Resolved, That the several banks of this Commonwealth, and the several railroads, and other incorporated companies, be requested to report to the Senate, as soon as practicable, the amount of stock and bonds of such banks and other corporations held by resident citizens of the United States and the District of Columbia, and, as far as practicable, to report the names of such stock and bond holders, their residence, and the amount held by each, distinguishing between stock and bond holders; and have adopted the following joint resolution in relation thereto:

Resolved, by the General Assembly, That the Attorney-General of this State do take the necessary steps to litigate with the authorities of the Confederate Government, on behalf of this Commonwealth, the validity of such laws of the Confederate Government as claim the right to sequestrate and confiscate, or forfeit, any right held by residents within the United States to property, real, personal, or mixed, in the State of Virginia.


Bills passed.

A bill compensating David W. Trobell for services connected with the militia of Nicholas and Greenbrier counties, (advocated by Mr. Alderson.) A bill authorizing the receipt of Confederate States Treasury notes in payment of taxes and other public dues. A bill appropriating the public revenue for the fiscal year 1861-'62. A bill to legalize the use of certain State securities held by the Bank of Pittsylvania as a part of its capital.


Resolution.

By Mr. Ball That the Committee for Courts of Justice inquire into the expediency of providing for the taking of acknowledgments of deeds and the writing by persons in the military service.


Election of officers.

On motion of Mr. Armstrong, the joint order of the day — postponed from yesterday — having for its object the election of certain State officers, was taken up, and the Senate proceeding to the execution of the same, the following candidates were declared elected for two years from the 2d day of January next:

Storekeeper of the Penitentiary.--R. M. Nimmo, of Richmond.

First Auditor.--J. M. Bennett, of Lewis.

Second Auditors.--Henry W. Thomas, of Fairfax.

Secretary of the Commonwealth.--G. W. Munford, of Richmond.

Treasurer.--J. S. Calvert, of Shenandoah.

Register of the Land Office.--Stafford H. Parker, of Caroline.

Public Printer.--Wm. F. Ritchie, of Richmond.

On motion the Senate adjourned.

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