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House of Delegates.

Monday, May 12, 1862.
The House was opened with prayer by the Rev. Dr. Woodridge, of the P E Church.

Mr. Crockett presented a communication from Judges A S Fulton, David McComas, Evermont Ward, and G D Camden deputed by the citizens of Southwestern Virginia to petition the General Assembly to use all his exertions towards the restoration of Gen. John B Floyd to his command. The communication called attention to the fact that Southwestern Virginia possesses more means for the successful prosecution of the war, in the shape of salt, lead, and iron, than any other section of country of its extent in the entire confederacy. How that this valuable region was threatened by the enemy, it is important that it should be well defended. The means of protection was already there — the mentand the leader — but that leader, General John B. Floyd, was deprived of his authority to command. The people were anxious for Gen. Floyd again to take the field and thousand would join his standard. It was not the purpose of the petitioners to ask for any dictation on the part of the State to the General Government, but to represent to the latter, with all the urgency of argument, the essential character of their request. The paper was referred to the Committee on Military Affairs.

Mr. Woolfolk called up the resolution proposing the time of adjournment, and, on his motion, it was amended, so as to read, ‘"Wednesday,"’ the 14th instant, instead of "Saturday, the 10th instant." Several other amendments were adopted, so that the time for reassembling is fixed for the first Monday in December next, after which the resolution was adopted.

Mr. Anderson, of Botetourt, from the Committee on Military Affairs, reported two bills: one authorizing the Governor to raise a force of 10,000 men for the defence of the Commonwealth, consisting of man exempt from duty under the Conscription act; the other authorizing the organization of a Home Guard. They were ordered to their third reading, and made the order of the day for to-morrow at twelve o'clock.

Leave was given to a committee, consisting of Messrs. Ward, Hunter, and Bradford, to bring in a bill authorizing Fire Insurance companies to change their places of business in consequence of danger on account of the presence of the enemy.

Mr. Mallory offered a resolution that the General Assembly respectfully request the President of the Confederate States to impress into the service whenever the public interests any require it, the horses used for pleasure in the city of Richmond and all other cities and towns in this Commonwealth, instead of impressing the horses and mules of the farmers in the country employed in the cultivation of their crops, not only for the support of their families, but the maintenance of the army.

Mr. Woodson offered an amendment so that the resolution would suggest also the impressment into the service the riders of those pleasure horses, whenever such may be amenable to the existing military laws. Rejected.

Mr. Magruder offered an amendment, which was accepted by Mr. Mallory that the opening of the resolution login reed ‘"Resolved by the General Assembly that, in the opinion of this General Assembly the officers of the Confederate States, and of the State, who have charge of the subject, should impress,"’ &c.

On motion of Mr. Gress, the whole subject was indefinitely postponed.

The House then went into Executive session to consider a confidential communication from the Governor.

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