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of the Confederate States in discharge of any debt or obligation for the payment of money.

On motion of Mr. MAGRUDER,

Resolved, that the committee for courts of justice be instructed to enquire into the expediency of reporting a bill so amending the stay law as to afford protection to sureties.

On motion of Mr. WOOLFOLK,

Resolved, that the special committee on free negroes be instructed to enquire into the expediency of reporting a bill providing for the speedy or gradual removal or enslavement of the free negro population of this state, and reporting a resolution requesting the other states of this Confederacy to adopt a similar course, thereby relieving the Confederate States of this injurious population.

A resolution heretofore submitted by Mr. BRADFORD, in reference to the payment for slaves impressed in the service of the Confederate States and not returned, was taken up on his motion, and amended.

The resolution as amended is as follows:

“Resolved by the general assembly of Virginia, that our senators in congress be instructed and our representatives be requested to procure the passage of a bill by the confederate congress; providing for the paynient of slaves impressed into the service of the Confederate States, and not returned to their owners, by reason of having escaped to or been captured by the public enemy.'

The question being on agreeing thereto, was put, and decided in the affirmative.

Mr. Bouldiy moved a reconsideration of the vote by which the resolution was adopted; and the question being on agreeing thereto, was put, and decided in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. BUFORD, the resolution was referred to the committee for courts of justice.

On motion of Mr. HOPKINS of Rockingham,

Resolved, that the committee on banks enquire into the expediency of so amending the charter of the Bank of Rockingham as to allow said bank to increase its contingent fund to 20 per cent.

A message was received from the senate by Mr. NEWMAN, who informed the house of delegates that the senate had agreed to a resolution requesting the governor to make application to the secretary of war of the Confederate States for passports for members of the general assembly and state officers: in which they respectfully requested the concurrence of the house of delegates.

A preamble and resolution in relation to the distribution of salt to the people of Isle of Wight, heretofore submitted by Mr. Wilson of Isle of Wight, was taken up on his motion.

Mr. Forbes moved to amend the resolution, by inserting “Fauquier;" and the question being on agreeing thereto, was put, and decided in the affirmative.

Mr. VADEN moved to amend the resolution, by inserting - James City.” Pending the consideration of which,

On motion of Mr. FORBES,

Resolved, that the preamble, resolution and pending amendment be referred to a select committee.

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The SPEAKER announced the following committee under the resolution : Messrs. Wilson of Isle of Wight, Forbes, Noland, Lynn, Vaden and Worsham.

On motion of Mr. JAMES,

Resolved, that the committee for courts of justice enquire into the propriety of reporting a bill authorizing attorneys, trustees or executors, who have received or may receive funds belonging to parties who have fallen or may fall within the lines of the enemy, and with whom communication has been or may be cut off, to invest the same in interest bearing certificates of debt of the commonwealth of Virginia, or the Confederate States of America, in the name of the party entitled thereto: also, to authorize resident executors, trustees or fiduciaries to do any act which might be done by them respectively in conjunction with joint or associate executors, trustees or fiduciaries who may be resident within the United States, and that such act shall have the same force and effect as if done by all the parties on whom the power was conferred.

On motion of Mr. HOPKINS of Petersburg,

Resolved, that the committee of roads and internal navigation be instructed to enquire into the expediency of increasing the tolls of the Upper Appomattox company, so as to equalize their tolls with other internal improvement companies in the same region of the state.

On motion of Mr. ROBERTSON,

Resolved, that the committee on banks enquire into the expediency of so amending the 3d section of the 56th chapter of the Code of 1860, as to prohibit the board of directors of any incorporated company that may purchase or receive shares of its own stock, from having such shares of stock represented in any meeting of its stockholders.

On motion of Mr. VADEN,

Resolved, that the committee for courts of justice enquire into the expediency of repealing so much of the fence law as pertains to the county of James City.

Mr. Bouldin, from the select committee in relation to the subject of the cultivation of tobacco, presented the following bill; which was read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time:

No. 40. A bill to limit the production of tobacco and increase the production of grain.

Mr. BASKERVILL submitted the following resolution; which, on his motion, was laid on the table:

Resolved by the general assembly of Virginia, that the senators representing the state of Virgivia in the congress of the Confederate States be instructed, and the representatives in the lower house of congress be requested to use every exertion in their power to produce a repeal of the present tariff law of the Confederate States of America, so as to throw open the ports free to the introduction of commodities of every kind from foreign nations.

Mr. BASKERVILL submitted the following resolution ; which being objected to, was laid over under the rule:

Resolved, that the secretary of the treasury of the Confederate

States be respectfully requested to inform this house of the amount of gross revenue, the costs of collection, and the net revenue derived from customs by the Confederate States since the 1st of August last, when his report was made to the president on the financial condition of the Confederate States.

On motion of Mr. McCAMANT, the house adjourned until Monday, 12 o'clock.

MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 1863.

Prayer by Rev. Dr. Duncan of the Methodist church.

A communication from the senate, by their clerk, was read as follows:

IN SENATE, Jan. 10, 1863. The senate have agreed to a resolution from the house of delegates for the election of a Confederate States senator.

A resolution heretofore communicated from the senate, requesting the governor to make application to the secretary of war of the Confederate States for passports for members of the general assembly, &c., was taken up and agreed to.

Ordered, that the clerk inform the senate thereof.

S. P. BAILEY, a delegate elected from the county of Fauqiner, to supply the vacancy created by the resignation of RICHARDS PAYNE, appeared, was qualified, and took his seat.

Mr. BARBOUR, from the committee on finance, presented the following bill:

No. 41. A bill authorizing the branch of the Exchange Bank of Virginia at Richmond to declare a dividend.

Mr. BARBOUR, from the same committee, to whom had been recommitted bill No. 20, for the relief of the sureties of William Paris, late sheriff of Appomattox, reported the same with an amendment; which was concurred in, and the bill as amended read a second time, and ordered to be engrossed and read a third time.

On motion of Mr. WEST,

Resolved, that the committee for courts of justice enquire into the expediency of reporting a bill authorizing the qualified voters of this commonwealth, who may be in the military service of the state or of the Confederate States, and the citizens of any county or corporation absent therefrom because of the presence of the public enemy, who would be qualified to vote in such county or corporation, to vote for members of the general assembly, for members of congress, and for a governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general for the state of Virginia, during the present war.

On motion of Mr. ORGAIN,

Resolved, that the committee on finance enquire into the expediency of imposing a tax (to be graduated with due reference to equalizing the burdens of the war) on the real and personal estates

of any or all persons exempted from military service under the laws'. of the Confederacy or of this commonwealth, on account of age, sect or physical inability, upon all who have furnished substitutes, and on the incomes of those by whose agency substitutes have been obtained.

No. 34. A bill to authorize and require the governor to transfer to the confederate government the army of Virginia, on certain conditions, was taken up and read a first time, and two-thirds concurring, was read a second time; and the question being—Shall the bill be engrossed and read a third time?

On motion of Mr. GARRISON,

Resolved, that the bill providing for the transfer of the Virginia state line to the confederate government, be recommitted to the committee on military affairs, with instructions to examine and report: 1st, upon what terms and conditions the confederate government will agree to receive the said forces, and what rank it will give the field and company officers in said line: 2d, whether the rights of any parties, either privates or officers, will be compromised by such transfer; and that said committee report by bill or otherwise, and return to this house the facts upon which its report may be based.

On motion of Mr. WOOLFOLK,

Resolved, that the committee on military affairs be instructed to enquire into the expediency of reporting a bill providing for the increase or enlargement of the state line under Major General Floyd.

The SPEAKER laid before the house a communication from the governor, enclosing communications from A. Dudley, Esquire, president of the York river rail road company, and Major E. Griswold, provost marshal of Richmond city, in relation to disloyal persons, white, free negroes and slaves, who assemble at West Point, the terminus of the York river rail road; which were read, and on motion, referred to the committee on military affairs.

The SPEAKER laid before the house a communication from the governor, recommending an appropriation by the general assembly to provide hospital accommodations for the sick and wounded soldiers of Virginia who may be beyond the limits of the state ;- which was read, and on motion, referred to the committee on military affairs.

On motion of Mr. BOULDIN,

Resolved, that the committee for courts of justice be instructed to enquire into the expediency of authorizing, fiduciaries generally to invest the funds under their control in bonds of the Confederate States.

A resolution, heretofore submitted by Mr. BASKERVILL, asking certain information from the secretary of the treasury of the Confederate States, in relation to the tariff laws of the Confederate States, and the amount of revenue received from customs, &c., was taken up, and on motion of Mr. HUNTER, laid on the table.

Mr. Rives gave notice that he would on to-morrow move to amend/ the 26th rule of the house as follows:

Resolved, that the 26th rule of this house be so amended as to authorize the speaker to appoint as one of the standing committees

of this house, “a committee on confederate relations,” to consist of not less than nine nor more than fifteen members.

On motion of Mr. WYNNE,

Resolved, that the committee of roads and internal navigation be instructed to enquire into the expediency of reporting a bill to amend the charter of the Manchester and Petersburg turnpike company.

No. 27. An engrossed bill changing the time and mode of holding elections in counties and cities of the commonwealth, which have been or may be in possession of the public enemy, was taken up.

On motion of Mr. IIUNTER, the rule was suspended, with a view to reconsider the vote ordering the bill to its engrossment; and the question being—Shall the bill be engrossed and read a third time? on motion of Mr. CAZENOVE, the bill was laid on the table, and made the order of the day for Thursday next at 1 o'clock.

No. 19. An engrossed bill authorizing the issue of certificates of debt, was taken up and read a third time; and the question beingShall the bill pass ? on motion of Mr. BARBOUR, the bill was laid upon

the table. An engrossed bill to refund money received for exemption from inilitary duty, was read a third time and passed-Ayes 83.

AYES-Messrs. Sheffey (speaker), J. T. Anderson, F. T. Anderson, Baker, Barbour, Basker. vill, Bass, Bigger, Booton, Bouldin, Bradford, Buford, Burks, Carpenter, Carter, Cazenove, Cecil, Crockett, Custis, Dabney, Dunn, Eggleston, Evans, Ewing, Fleming, Fletcher, Flood, Forbes, Fry, Fulton, Garrison, Gatewood, Grattan, J. H. Hopkins, H. L. Hopkins, Hunter, Huntt, James, Jones, Jordan, Kaufinan, Kyle, Laidley, Lively, Lynn, Magruder, Mathews, Mayo, McCamant, A. W. McDonald, I. E. McDonald, McKinney, McLaughlin, Murdaugh, R. E. Nelson, W. G. T. Nelson, Newton, Noland, Orgain, Pitman, Powell, Reid, Richardson, Riddick, Rives, Robertson, Robinson, Rowan, P. Saunders, R. C. Saunders, Shannon, Sherrard, Staples, R. F. Taylor, Thrash, Tredway, Vaden, West, Williams, J. L. Wilson, Woolfolk, Wright and Wynne—83.

Ordered, that Mr. GRATTAN carry the same to the senate, and request, their concurrence therein.

No. 32. An engrossed bill for the relief of the sergeant of the city of Richmond and the sergeant of the city of Petersburg, was taken up, on motion of Mr. WYNNE, read a third time and passedAyes 78, noes 6.

AYES-Messrs. Sheffey (speaker), J. T. Anderson, F. T. Anderson, Bailey, Baker, Barbour, Baskervill, Bass, Bigger, Booton, Bouldin, Bradford, Carpenter, Carter, Cazenove, Cecil, Clarke, Crockett, Custis, Dabney, Dunn, Eggleston, Evans, Ewing, Fleming, Fletcher, Flood, Forbes, Fry, Fulton, Garrison, Gilmer, Grattan, Green, J. H. Hopkins, H. L. Hopkins, James, Jones, Jordan, Kaufman, Kyle, Laidley, Lynn, Mathews, Mayo, McCamant, A. W. McDonald, I. E. McDonald, McKinney, McLaughlin, Murdaugh, R. E. Nelson, Newton, Noland, Orgain, Powell, Reid, Richardson, Riddick, Rives, Robertson, Robinson, Rowan, P. Saunders, R. C. Saunders, Shannon, Sherrard, Staples, R. F. Taylor, Thrash, Tredway, Vaden, Williams, J. L. Wilson, Woolfolk, Worsham, Wright and Wynne—78.

NOES—Messrs. Gatewood, Huntt, Johnson, Lively, Pitman and West—6.

No. 24. A bill to authorize certain classes of citizens to vote out of their counties and corporations during the present war, was taken up, read a second time, and on motion of Mr. CAZENOVE, laid on the table, and made the order of the day for Thursday next at 1 o'clock.

No. 27. A bill concerning the salaries of certain officers of the government, was taken up, read a second time, and on motion of Mr. BARBOUR, committed to the committee on finance.

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