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The following bills were read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time:

No. 37. A bill to incorporate the Southern female college of the city of Petersburg.

No. 38. A bill for the relief of the clerk of the hustings court of the city of Richmond.

No. 39. A bill amending and re-enacting the second section of an act entitled an act to repeal the fence law of Virginia as to certain counties, and to authorize the county courts to dispense with enclosures in other counties, passed October 3, 1862.

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

An adverse report of the committee for courts of justice to the petition of B. T. Todd and others, was taken up, and on motion of Mr. HOPKINS of Petersburg, laid on the table.

On motion of Mr. MURDAUGH,

Resolved, that the special committee to whom was referred the resolution proposing to instruct and require the governor to distribute salt to the citizens of certain counties, be instructed to enquire what further legislation is necessary in order to have furnished to the loyal citizens of those counties and cities which are wholly in possession of the enemy, with the quantity of salt they are entitled to, and report by bill or otherwise.

On motion of Mr. BASKERVILL,

Resolved, that the committee of roads and internal navigation be instructed to enquire into the expediency of closing the mortgage on the Roanoke valley rail road.

On motion of Mr. VADEN, the house adjourned until to-morrow, 12 o'clock.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 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. 12, 1863. The senate have agreed to a joint resolution concerning arrests of civilians by military authority.

In which they respectfully request the concurrence of the house of delegates.

The joint resolution concerning arrests of civilians by military authority, was taken up, and on motion, referred to the committee for courts of justice.

Mr. HUNTER, from the committee for courts of justice, presented an adverse report to the petition of William H. Neighbours, of Wythe county, praying to be restored to the office of commissioner of the

revenue.

Mr. CARPENTER, from the committee of roads and internal navigation, presented the following bills :

No. 42. A bill incorporating the Confederate express company.

No. 43. A bill to amend certain provisions of an aet entitled an act incorporating a company to establish a turnpike road from the town of Manchester to the town of Petersburg, and to amend certain provisions of subsequent acts relating to the same company.

The resolution heretofore presented by Mr. Rives, in regard to a change of the 26th rule of this house, was taken up and agreed to.

Mr. ROBERTSON presented the petition of Henningham C. Harrison et al., for relief, by an increase of allowance for storage of tobacco; which was ordered to be referred to the committee on agriculture and manufactures.

A message was received from the senate by Mr. PENNYBACKER, who informed the house of delegates that the senate Irad passed a bill entitled an act to refund money received for exemption from military duty, with amendments : in which they respectfully requested the concurrence of the house of delegates.

The joint order of the day for the election of Confederate States senator to supply the vacancy created by the death of William Ballard Preston, was taken

up

and read. Mr. Dunn submitted the following resolution:

Resolved, that (the senate concurring) the execution of the joint order which has for its object the election of a Confederate States senator, be postponed until Tuesday the 20th instant; and the question being on agreeing thereto, was put, and decided in the affirmative-Ayes 58, noes 49.

On motion of Mr. MALLORY, the vote was recorded as follows: AYES—Messrs. Sheffey (speaker), J. T. Anderson, F. T. Anderson, Barbour, Baskervil}, Bass, Bigger, Carter, Cazenove, Clarke, Coleman, Custis, Davis, Dunn, Edmunds, Ewing, Forbes, Fry, Fulton, Gatewood, Grattan, J. H. Hopkins, H. L. Hopkins, Hunit, James, Kyle, Laidley, Lively, Lockridge, Lundy, Lynn, Magruder, Mayo, McCamant, A. W. McDonald, I. E. McDonald, McLaughlin, Minor, Murdaugh, R. E. Nelson, W. G. T. Nelson, Newton, Noland, Orgain, Pitman, Powell, Richardson, Rowan, R. C. Saunders, Shannon,

F. G. Taylor, Thomas, Thrash, Tomlin, Tredway, Walker, Woolfolk, Worsham and Wynne-58.

NOES-Messrs. Ambers, Bailey, Baker, Booton, Bouldin, Bradford, Buford, Burks, Carpenter, Cecil, Crockett, Dabney, Daniel, Dice, Eggleston, Evans, Fleming, Fletcher, Flood, Garrison, Gilmer, Green, Harrison, Hunter, Johnson, Jones, Jordan, Kaufman, Mallory, Marye, Mathews, McKinney, Prince, Reid, Riddick, Rives, Robertson, Robinson, P. Saunders, Sherrard, Staples, R. F. Taylor, Vaden, Ward, West, Williams, J. L. Wilson, S. M. Wilson and Wright—49.

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

Subsequently, a message was received from the senate by Mr. JOHNSON, who informed the house of delegates that the senate had disagreed to the resolution. Mr. RICHARDSON submitted the following resolution:

Resolved, that (the senate concurring) the execution of the joint order, which has for its object the election of a Confederate States senator, be postponed to Thursday the 22d instant.

Mr. WOOLFOLK moved to amend the resolution, by inserting in lieu thereof the following: “that the senate be informed that this

house is now ready on its part to proceed to execute the order of the day, which has for its object the election of a Confederate States se„nator; and the question being on agreeing thereto, Mr. WALKER demanded the previous question; which was sustained by the house ; and being put, was decided in the affirmative-Ayes 64, noes 44.

On motion of Mr. FORBES, the vote was recorded as follows: AYES—Messrs. Ambers, J. T. Anderson, F. T. Anderson, Bailey, Baker, Booton, Bouldin, Bradford,,Buford, Burks, Carpenter, Carter, Cecil, Crockett, Dabney, Daniel, Davis, Dice, Eggleston, Evans, Fleming, Fletcher, Flood, Fulton, Gilmer, Green, Harrison, H. L. Hopkins, Hunter, Huntt, Johnson, Jones, Jordan, Kaufman, Lundy, Mallory, Marye, Mathews, A. W. McDonald, McKinney, McLaughlin, Minor, Prince, Reid, Riddick, Rives, Robertson, Robinson, Rutherfoord, P. Saunders, R. C. Saunders, Sherrard, Staples, R. F. Taylor, Tredway, Vaden, Walker, Ward, West, Williams, J. L. Wilson, S. M. Wilson, Woolfolk and Wright—64.

Noes-Messrs. Sheffey (speaker), Barbour, Baskervill, Bass, Bigger, Cazenove, Clarke, Coleman, Custis, Dunn, Edmunds, Ewing, Forbes, Fry, Gatewood, Grattan, J. H. Hopkins, James, Kyle, Laidley, Lively, Lockridge, Lynn, Magruder, Mayo, McCamant, I. È. McDonald, Murdaugh, R. E. Nelson, W. G. T. Nekson, Newton, Noland, Orgain, Pitman, Powell, Richardson, Rowan, Shannon, F. G. Taylor, Thomas, Thrash, Tomlin, Worsham and Wynne–44.

The question recurring on agreeing to the resolution as amended, was put, and decided in the affirmative.

On motion of Mr. BARBOUR, the rule was suspended, with a view of reconsidering the vote by which the resolution as amended was agreed to.

On motion of Mr. HARRISON, the resolution was laid on the table. Mr. BARBOUR submitted the following resolution:

Resolved, that (the senate consenting) the execution of the joint order which has for its object the election of a Confederate States senator, be postponed until Saturday the 17th instant; and the question being on agreeing thereto, Mr. West demanded the previous question ; which was sustained by the house; and being put, was decided in the negative-Ayes 46, noes 60.

On motion of Mr. WALKER, the vote was recorded as follows: AYES—Messrs. Sheffey (speaker), J. T. Anderson, Barbour, Baskervill, Bass, Bigger, Buford, Cazenove, Clarke, Coleman, Custis, Daniel, Davis, Dunn, Edmunds, Ewing, Forbes, Fry, Fulton, Gatewood, Grattan, James. Kyle, Laidley, Lively, Lockridge, Ma. gruder, Mayo, McCamant, I. E. McDonald, Murdaugh, R. E. Nelson, W. G. T. Nelson, Noland, Orgain, Pitman, Powell, Richardson, Rowan, Shannon, F. G. Taylor, Thomas, Thrash, Tomlin, Worsham and Wynne-46.

Noes-Messrs. Ambers, F. T. Anderson, Bailey, Baker, Booton, Bouldin, Bradford, Burks, Carpenter, Carter, Cecil, Crockett, Dabney, Dice, Eggleston, Evans, Fleming, Fletcher, Flood, Garrison, Gilmer, Green, Harrison, H. L. Hopkins, Hunter, Huntt, Johnson, Jones, Jordan, Kaufman, Lundy, Mallory, Marye, Mathews, A. W. McDonald, MCKinney, McLaughlin, Minor, Newton, Prince, Reid, Riddick, Rives, Robertson, Robinson, Rutherfoord, P. Saunders, R. C. Saunders, Sherrard, Staples, R. F. Taylor, Tredway, Vaden, Walker, Ward West, Williams, J. L. Wilson, S. M. Wilson and Wright-60.

Mr. McDonald of Wyoming moved an adjournment; and the question being put, was decided in the negative-Ayes 18, noes 88.

On motion of Mr. Prince, the vote was recorded as follows: AYES—Messrs. Bailey, Barbour, Bass, Bigger, Clarke, Dunn, Ewing, Fry, Gatewood, Lockridge, I. E. McDonald, Murdaugh, W. G. T. Nelson, Pitman, Richardson, Shannon, Thrash and Wynne-18.

NOES—Messrs. Sheffey (speaker), Ambers, J. T. Anderson, F. T. Anderson, Baker, Baskervill, Booton, Bouldin, Bradford, Buford, Burks, Carpenter, Carter, Cazenove, Cecil, Crockett, Custis, Dabney, Daniel, Davis, Dice, Eununds, Eggleston, Evans, Fleming, Fletcher, Flood, Forbes, Fulton, Garrison, Gilmer, Grattan, Green, Harrison, H. L. Hopkins, Hunter, Huntt, James, Johnson, Jones, Jordan, Kaufman, Kyle, Laidley, Lundy,

Lynn, Magruder, Mallory, Marye, Mathews, Mayo, McCamant, A. W. McDonald, McKinney, McLaughlin, Minor, Newton, Noland, Orgain, Powell, Prince, Reid, Riddick, Rives, Robertson, Robinson, Rowan, Rutherfoord, P. Saunders, R. C. Saunders, Sherrard, Staples, F. G. Taylor, R. F. Taylor, Thomas, Tomlin, Tredway, Vaden, Walker, Ward, West, Williams, J. L. Wilson, Š. M. Wilson, Woolfolk, Worsham and Wright—88.

Mr. ANDERSON of Rockbridge nominated William C. Rives of Albemarle.

Mr. ANDERSON of Botetourt nominated John J. Allen of Botetourt.
Mr. GREEN nominated Charles W. Russell of Ohio.
Mr. WYNNE nominated John B. Floyd of Washington.
Mr. Newton submitted the following resolution :

Resolved, that (the senate consenting) the execution of the joint order, which has for its object the election of a Confederate States senator, be postponed until to-morrow at 12 o'clock.

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

Ordered, that Mr. NEWTON inform the senate thereof.

Subsequently, a message was received from the senate by Mr. Ball, who informed the house of delegates that the senate had agreed to the resolution.

On motion of Mr. HUNTER, the house adjourned until to-morrow, 12 o'clock.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 1863.

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

The amendments proposed by the senate to house bill No. 33, entitled an act to refund money received for exemption from military duty, were taken up.

The first amendment was agreed to.

On motion of Mr. GRATTAN, the second amendment was disagreed to.

Ordered, that the clerk communicate the same to the senate, and request their concurrence.

Mr. HOPKINS of Petersburg, from the committee on extortion, to whom had been referred No. 27, a bill to suppress extortion, reported a substitute therefor; which, on his motion, was laid on the table and ordered to be printed.

The SPEAKER laid before the house a report of the board of public works, in response to a resolution of the house adopted on the 9th instant; which was ordered to be referred to the committee on extortion. . On motion of Mr. BoOTON,

Resolved, that the committee on finance be instructed to enquire into the propriety of authorizing the treasurer of this commonwealth to issue notes of a less denomination than one dollar.

Mr. WYNNE presented a resolution of the city council of the city of Richmond; which, on his motion, was referred to the committee for courts of justice.

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On motion of Mr. HOPKINS of Petersburg,

Resolved, that the committee on roads and internal navigation enquire into the expediency of converting the interest now due from the South side rail road company to the state, into state stock of the company, or to make such other disposition of the same as may enable said company to change the line of their road, in such manner as is provided in the act of assembly passed January 26, 1862.

On motion of Mr. MAGRUDER,

Resolved, that the committee for courts of justice be instructed to enquire into the expediency of reporting a bill amending the 32d section of chapter 158 of the Code, edition of 1860, so as.to enlarge the powers of special terms of circuit courts in certain cases.

Mr. HUNTER, from the committee for courts of justice, presented the following bill :

No. 44. A bill to enlarge the powers of special terms of circuit courts in certain cases; which was read a first time, and two-thirds concurring, read a second time, and ordered to be engrossed and read a third time.

The SPEAKER laid before the house communications from the governor in relation to passports for the members of the general assembly; which were read, and on motion, laid on the table.

The SPEAKER laid before the house a communication from the governor, in reponse to a resolution of the house in relation to slaves employed on the fortifications near Richmond, enclosing a letter from Col. Gilmer of the engineer bureau of the Confederate States service; which were read, and on motion, laid on the table.

The joint order, which had for its object the election of a Confederate States senator, was taken up.

On motion of Mr. WEST,

Resolved, that (the senate consenting) the execution of the joint order, which has for its object the election of a Confederate States senator, be postponed until to-morrow at 10 o'clock.

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

Subsequently, a message was received from the senate by Mr. NASH, that the senate had agreed to the resolution.

On motion of Mr. MAGRUDER, the house adjourned until to-morrow, 10 o'clock.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 1863.

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

The SPEAKER laid before the house the following communication from H. D. Burruss, sergeant at arms :

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KING WILLIAM Co., VA., Jan. 10, 1863. DEAR SIR:

I find it impossible to attend the general assembly of Virginia this session: Therefore I must beg most respectfully

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