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General Assembly of Virginia.

Monday, March 9, 1863.
Senate.--The Senate assembled at noon, and was called to order by the President, Lieutenant. Governor Montague.

The representation bid, to secure representation in the General Assembly in those portions of the State in possession of the enemy, was received from the House of Delegates, with an amendment attached, which provides that the person last holding the seat in the district lacking continuous representation shall hold over until such a time as an election can be held provided he be a true and loyal citizen. The bill as amended was passed by the Senate and reported back to the House.

A number of House bills, passed by the House, were received from that body, and were appropriately referred.

Committee Bills Reported.--Amending and re-enacting the 2d section and repealing the 5th section of the 34th chapter of the Code of Virginia, entitled "Military School of Lexington Arsenal" To release to Samuel J. Wiatt the Commonwealth's right to a part of lot No. 455 in the corporation of Lynchburg. By Mr. Christian, of Augusta: A bill increasing the compensation of clerks of courts. Read and referred to the Committee for Courts of Justice.

The resolutions introduced on Saturday in relation to the future meetings of the Senate were disposed of by the Senate resolving to meet here after at 10 o'clock A. M., instead of 11 A. M.

The bill to establish an agency in Richmond for the reception and forwarding of supplies of clothing &c., to Virginia soldiers in the Confederate service, was called up by Mr. Christian of Middle-sex, and passed — ayes 33, nose 2 [The bill provides for an agent and two clerks, the former at a salary of $1,500, and the latter at $700 a piece. The agent to give bond in the sum of $20,000 as a guarantee for the faithful performance of his duty. $25,000 is appropriated to carry out the objects of the bill.]

A Ryder, by Mr. Christian, of Augusta, provides that nothing in the bill establishing the agency seal prevent disabled soldiers from filling the positions of agent and clerks.

The report of the Committee on Impressment being called, Mr Armstrong, the Chairman, moved that the Senate go into secret session before their reception, which was so ordered.

The Senate came out of secret session at 3½ o'clock, after two hours and a half discussion of the report of the Committee on Impressment.

Upon opening of the doors the Senate adjourned

House of Delegates.--The House met at 11 o'clock. Prayer by Rev. Dr. Houston, of Nashville.

On motion of Mr. Noland, the bill to prevent the unnecessary consumption of grain in the distillation of spirituous or malt liquor was taken up and considered.

During its discussion a message was received from the Senate, notifying the House that that body had concurred in the House amendments to the bill "to secure representation in the General Assembly for counties, cities, Senatorial and election districts within the power of the public enemy."

The bill reads as follows:

  1. Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly That whenever, in consequence of the presence of the public enemy, vacancies exist in the representation of any Senatorial district, city county, or election district, it shall be lawful for the Senator and Delegate as the case may be, who last represented such district, county or city in the General Assembly, (provided he be a loyal citizen of this Commonwealth,) to continue to discharge the duties of the office until successors, respectively, may be duly elected and qualified.
  2. Sec. 2. So soon as the presence or power of the public enemy is withdrawn from any such district, county, or city, writs shall be issued, in the manner prescribed by law, for an election to fill the office for the residue of the term. The compensation of the office shall be payable to the persons discharging the duties thereof, for the times only of their respective service.
  3. Sec. 3. This act shall be in force from its passage, and continue in force during the existing war.
In mediately after the announcement of the passage of this bill Mr. Barbour rose to a privilege question, and laid before the House the application of Mr. Thomas S. Raymond, of Marion county, asking to be admitted to a seat under its previsions.

The application is breed upon a resolution passed by the Legislature on the 19th of March, 1861, declaring vacancies to exist in the counties of Ohio, Preston, Monongalia, Harrison, Marion, Kanawha, Berkeley, Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Weisel, Taylor, Upshur, Lewis, Wood, Putham Mason, Morgan, Ritchie and Pleasants, Doddridge and Tyler, Jackson and Roane.

Mr. Green presented the claims of Mr. Robert E. Cowan, of Preston county, to a seat in this body, under the provisions of the same act. After a brief discussion, both cases were referred to the Committee on Privileges and Elections.

The consideration of the pending subject was then resumed, the question being upon a Ryder offered by Mr. Bouldin, providing that nothing in this act shall be so construed as to impair or interfere with any contracts entered into under existing laws nor any rights growing out of the same.

The Ryder was discussed, and finally rejected.

Mr. Forbes moved to amend the bill by striking out the provision relative to distillation for medical purposes by the Confederate Government, which was agreed to.

Mr. Bouldin then moved to add his Ryder as a proviso to the bill, which was agreed to — ayes 47, noes 44.

Mr. Niland offered an addition to the proviso, which was agreed to, that the proviso just adopted shall refer to contracts made directly with the Confederate Government, under the act of October, 1862.

The bill, as amended, then passed.

On motion of Mr. Barbour, the bill appropriating the public revenue for the fiscal year, 1862 '63, was taken up.

Mr. Magruder, from the Committee on Privileges and Elections, to whom was this day referred the cases of Thos. S. Raymond and Robt. E. Cowan, reported favorably an each case, and the report being accepted by the House, both gentlemen came forward, took the usual oath of office, and were admitted to their seats.

On motion of Mr. Barbour, the bill appropriating the public revenue for the fiscal year was taken up, and during its pendency.

On motion of Mr. Barbour, the House resolved itself into secret session on the subject of salt.

After a few minutes were spent in secret session, the doors were reopened, and the appropriation bill again taken up and made the order of the day for to-morrow at 12 o'clock.

On motion, of Mr. Staples, the bill authorizing the sale of the public school houses in the county of Henry was taken up, read a third time and passes.

On motion of Mr. Evans, Senate bill, this day reported, establishing in the city of Richmond, an agency for receiving and forwarding shoes clothing, and other supplies, to Virginia soldiers, was taken up, read a second and third time, and passed — ayes 82, noes none.

On motion of Mr. Prince, the bill incorporating the Insurance and Savings Society in the city of Petersburg was taken up and passed.

At three o'clock the Speaker vacated the chair. until 7½ o'clock.

Evening Session.--The House re-assembled at 7½ o'clock.

On motion of Mr. Nelson, of Fluvanna, the bill amending the 39th section of the 184th chapter of the Code, so as to allow the County Courts of Fluvanna and Albemarle to increase the compensation of their Sheriffs and Clerks for public services, was taken up and considered.

The counties of Dinwiddie, Charlotte, Powhatan, Chesterfield, Goochland, Pittsylvania, Lunenburg, Campbell, and the cities of Lynchburg and Petersburg, were added to the list; after which.

On motion of Mr. Barks, the bill was laid on the table.

Mr. Anderson, of Rockbridge, submitted a somewhat voluminous preamble and resolutions, setting forth the causes which induced the State of Virginia to enter into this war, and her unalterable determination to prosecute it to the bitter end, "c., which were read and committed to the Committee on Confederate Relations.

On motion of Mr. Montague, the bill providing for the sale of a piece of ground near the Penitentiary was taken up, read a third time, and laid on the table.

On motion of Mr. Marye, the bill "to stay proceedings on executions, trust deeds, and other demands, in cases of refusal to receive payment in currency, and to repeal an act entitled an act to suspend sales and legal proceedings in certain cases, and to repeal an ordinance to provide against the sacrifice of property, and to suspend proceedings in certain cases passed April 30, 1861. by the Convention of Virginia" was taken up and discussed at some length, when, on motion, it was indefinitely postponed — ayes 42, noes 39.

On motion of Mr. Forbes, the bill for the relief of Mr. M. Hume, late Sheriff of Fauquier county, was read a third time and passed — ayes 77, noes 5.

At 10 o'clock, on motion of Mr. Barks, the House adjourned.

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