General Assembly of Virginia.
Saturday, March 7, 1863.
Senate.--The President, the Lieutenant Governor
, called the body to order at 11 A. M.
A message from the House
communicated certain bills, one of which authorizing Banks
to increase their contingent funds, was taken up and passed, the rules being suspended for the that purpose.
The President laid before the Senate a communication transmitting a letter from Messrs.
, of the Gallego Flouring Mills
, concerning the late impressment of their flour by the Confederate Government, calling upon the Executive
to furnish them with an armed force to protect them in their rights and property.
The Governor's reply is also transmitted.
He styles the acts complained of as oppressive, and committed without lawful authority, and recommends suits for damaged against the officers committing and ordering them, and says, "Where legal remedies can be used, it is always better to resort to them for redress for grievances." The correspondence created some debate, and the same was referred to the Committee
on Confederate Rotations.
Committee Bills Reported
--By Mr. Coghill
: A bill to relation to the mode of transfer and issuing of new certificates of stock in chartered companies.
Read the first time.
An act establishing an election precinct at Mill Swamp Meeting House, in the county of Isle
introduced a resolution looking to the holding of evening sessions after Monday; and Mr. Coghill
another, as a substitute, recommending an earlier meeting of the body daily — at 10 o'clock. Both resolutions were laid upon the table.
The Impressment resolutions coming up, were, after some debate referred to a special committee.
The Tobacco bill, or rather the substitute there for, coming up at 1 o'clock, as the order of the day, on motion of Mr. Quisenberry
, the Senate went into secret session.
Upon the opening of the doors, at 4 o'clock, the body adjourned.
House of Delegates.--The House
met at 11 o'clock. Prayer by Rev. Mr. Baker
The bill establishing an election precinct in the county of Isle
was, on motion of Mr. Wilson
, read a second and third time and passed.
On motion of Mr. West
, the House
agreed that from and after Monday next, until the close of the session they will meet at 11 o'clock A. M, and take a recess at 3 until 7½ o'clock P. M. The motion was agreed to — ayes noes 7
On motion of Mr Noland
, the bill prohibiting the unnecessary distillation of grain into spirituous liquors was read the first and second times and ordered to its engrossment.
[The bill imposes a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $5,000, with imprisonment at the discretion of the Court
, for each offence — the penalty not to apply to distillation by the Confederate Government for medical purposes of grain heretofore purchased.]
On motion of Mr. Tomlin
, the bill requiring railroad companies to receive all articles for transportation by weight was taken up and ordered to its engrossment.
The consideration of the order of the day — the bill for securing representation in the General Assembly from counties held by the public enemy — was resumed and further amended and discussed until 3 o'clock, at which hour, without disposing of the subject.
On motion of Mr. Bouldin
, the House
took a recess until 7½ o'clock.
Evening Session. --The House
reassembled at 7½ o'clock, and were engaged until a late hour in the further discussion of the bill providing for the filling of vacancies.
The Senate bill was finally amended by Mr. Newton
, declaring vacancies to exist in counties from which no election returns shall have been received, and allowing the present members from such counties to hold over.
The bill as amended was passed.