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to resign the office of sergeant at arms, hoping that you may have a profitable and pleasant session.

Suffer me to return to you and the honorable members my sincere thanks for past favors.

I remain yours,
Very respectfully,

H. D. BURRUSS: Hon. H. W. SHEFFEY, Speaker House Delegates.

Mr. BARBOUR moved to proceed to the election of a' sergeant at arms to fill the place made vacant by the resignation of H. D. Burruss; and the question being on agreeing thereto, was put, and decided in the affirmative.

Mr. BARBOUR nominated Robert W. Burke for the office of sergeant at arms, who was unanimously appointed.

The office of first doorkeeper having been made vacant by the election of Robert W. Burke sergeant at arms, Mr. BARBOUR moved to fill the vacancy, and thereupon nominated Thomas 0. Flint of the county. of Culpeper, who was unanimously elected.

Mr. Reid gave notice that on to-morrow he would offer the following addition to the rules of this house :

* The officers of this house, now acting or hereafter appointed, shall take the following oaths : The oath of fidelity to the commonwealth ; the oath of office; the anti-dueling oath, and the oath to support the constitution of the Confederate States."

On motion of Mr. MAGRUDER,

Resolved, that the committee of propositions and grievances be instructed to enquire into the expediency of reporting a bill authorizing the county courts to impress or condemn houses and grounds for hospitals.

The joint order, which had for its object the election of a Confederate States senator, to supply the vacancy, created by the death of William Ballard Preston, was taken up.

Mr. McCAMANT submitted the following resolution :

Resolved, that all debate on the pending nominations shall cease in ten minutes.

Mr. Jones moved to amend the resolution, by striking out “ten" and inserting “five.”

Mr. WOOLFOLK moved to amend the amendment, by striking out “ five,” and inserting “ one;" and the question being on agreeing thereto, was put, and decided in the affirmative.

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

Ordered, that Mr. ANDERSON of Botetourt inform the senate that the house on its part was ready to proceed to the execution of the joint order of the day, and that William C. Rives of Albemarle, John J. Allen of Botetourt, Charles W. Russell of Ohio, and John B. Floyd of Washington were in nomination before that body.

Subsequently, a message was received from the senate by Mr.

Johnson, who informed the house of delegates that the senate on its part was ready to proceed to the execution of the joint order, and that no other name had been added to the list of nominations.

The roll was then called, with the following result: For İVilliam C. Rives-Messrs. Sheffey (speaker), F. T. Anderson, Bailey, Baker, Bouldin, Buford, Burks, Custis, Davis, Dice, Evans, Fulton, Harrison, H. L. Hopkins, Huntt, Jordan, Magruder, Mathews, McKinney, Prince, Riddick, Rives, Robertson, P. Saunders, Staples, F. G. Taylor, Vaden, Walker, Williams and J. L. Wilson-30.

For John J. Allen-Messrs. Ambers, J. T. Anderson, Bass, Carter, Cazenove, Coleman, Crockett, Dabney, Flood, Forbes, Fry, Garrison, Gilmer, Hunter, James, Jones, Lundy, Mallory, Marye, Mayo, McCamant, Montague, Newton, R. C. Saunders, R. F. Taylor, S. M. Wilson, Woolfolk and Wright-28.

For Charles W. Russell—Messrs. Bradford, Edmunds, Fleming, Gatewood, Green, Johnson, Kaufman, Laidley, A. W. McDonald, McLaughlin, Murdaugh, Noland, Orgain, Pitman, Robinson, Rutherfoord, Sherrard, Tomlin, Tredway, Ward, West and Worsham-22.

For John B. Floyd—Messrs. Barbour, Baskervill, Bayse, Bigger, Booton, Carpenter, Clarke, Daniel, Dunn, Ewing, Fletcher, George, J. H. Hopkins, Kyle, Lynn, I. E. McDonald, W. G. T. Nelson, Richardson, Shannon, Thomas, Thrash and Wynne-22.

For Allen T. Caperton-Messrs. Eggleston, Lively, Powell and Rowan--4.
For Benjamin F. Wysor-Mr. Cecil-1.

The SPEAKER announced the following committee to meet a corresponding committee on the part of the senate, and count the joint vote: Messrs. Anderson of Rockbridge, Magruder, Prince, Hopkins of Petersburg, Anderson of Botetourt, Forbes, Hunter, Newton, Green, Edmunds, Laidley, Fleming, Wynne, Grattan, Lockridge, Barbour and James.

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

Resolved, that (with the concurrence of the house of delegates) the further 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 : in which they respectfully requested the concurrence of the house of delegates.

Mr. Prince moved to disagree to the resolution; and the question being on agreeing thereto, was put, and decided in the negative.

The SPEAKER thereupon announced the resolution agreed to. . On motion of Mr. MALLORY, the house adjourned until to-morrow, 10 o'clock.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 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. 15, 1863. The senate have passed house bill entitled an act concerning bonds of shériffs, No. 4, with an amendment.

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

The amendment was taken up and concurred in.
Ordered, that the clerk inform the senate thereof.

Mr. McCAMANT, from the committee of propositions and grievances, presented the following bill :

No. 45. A bill to authorize town councils and county courts to condemn land for hospitals; which was read a first time, and twothirds concurring, read a second time; and the question being—Shall the bill be engrossed and read a third time? on motion of Mr. REID, the bill was laid on the table.

Mr. WYNNE presented the petition of William F. Ritchie, public printer, praying relief; which was ordered to be referred to the committee on finance.

Mr. ANDERSON of Rockbridge presented the petition of citizens of Rockbridge in reference to extortion; which, on motion, was 'laid upon the table.

Mr. WOOLFOLK presented the petition of Dr. L. L. Holliday, in reference to the impressment of slaves to work on fortifications; which was, on his motion, referred to the committee for courts of justice.

On motion of Mr. PRINCE,

Resolved, that the committee on agriculture and manufactures enquire into the expediency of reporting a bill offering a bounty for the manufacture, in this state, of cotton and woolen cards.

On motion of Mr. STAPLES,

Resolved, that the committee on military affairs enquire into, and report to this house, the condition of the Virginia sick and wounded soldiers, the expediency of establishing a 'state hospital for their benefit, and whether any, and if any, what appropriation is necessary for this purpose ; and also for the purchase of clothing and other supplies necessary for the comfort of Virginia soldiers.

The SPEAKER laid before the house a communication from the governor, stating that R. M. Nimmo, elected penitentiary agent and storekeeper, had failed to qualify, and that a new election was therefore rendered necessary; which was read, and on motion, laid on the table.

Mr. PRINCE, from the committee appointed to count the joint vote cast for the election of senator in the congress of the Confederate States, reported that the committee had discharged the duty assigned them, and beg leave to report as follows: Whole number of votes cast,

147
Necessary to a choice,
William C. Rives received

41
John J. Allen

34 Charles W. Russell

38 John B. Floyd

28 Allen T. Caperton

5 B. F. Wysor

1 No person having received majority of all the votes cast, the name of John B. Floyd was dropped under the ule.

Mr. GRATTAN renominated John B. Floyd.

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Ordered, that Mr. GRATTAN inform the senate thereof.

There being no election, the roll was again called, with the following result:

For William C. Rives-Messrs. Sheffey (speaker), F. T. Anderson, Bailey, Baker, Bouldin, Barks, Custis, Davis, Dice, Evans, Fulton, Harrison, JI. L. Hopkins, Huntt, Jordan, Magruder, Mathews, McKinney, Prince, Reid, Riddick, Rives, Robertson, P. Saunders, Staples, F. G. Taylor, Vaden, Williams and J. L. Wilson---29.

For Charles W. Russell-Messrs. Bradford, Edmunds, Fleming, Gatewood, Green, Johnson, Kaufman, Laidley, A. W. McDonald, McLaughlin, Murdaugh, Noland, Orgain, Pitman, Robipson, Rutherfoord, Sherrard, Tomlin, Tredway, Ward, West and Worsham-22.

For John J. Allen-Messrs. Ambers, J. T. Anderson, Bass, Cazenove, Cecil, Coleman, Crockett, Dabney, Eggleston, Flood, Forbes, Fry, Garrison, Gilmer, Hunter, James, Jones, Lundy, Mallory, Mayo, McCamant, Montague, Newton, Rowan, R. C. Saunders, R. F. Taylor, S. M. Wilson and Wright-28.

For John B. Floyd-Messrs. Barbour, Baskervill, Bayse, Bigger, Booton, Carpenter, Clarke, Daniel, Dunn, Ewing, Fletcher, George, Grattan, J. H. Hopkins, Kyle, Lively, Lockridge, Lynn, I. E. McDonald, W. G. T. Nelson, Richardson, Shannon, Thomas, Thrash, Woolfolk and Wynne_26. For Allen T. Caperton-Mr. Powell—1.

The same committee ascertained the joint vote, and Mr. ANDERson reported that vote to be: Whole number of votes cast,

147 Necessary to a choice,

74 William C. Rives received

41 Charles W. Russell

38 John J. Allen

34 John B. Floyd

32 Scattering

2 No person having received a majority of all the votes cast, the name of John B. Floyd was dropped under the rule.

Mr. RICHARDSON renominated John B. Floyd.
Ordered, that Mr. RICHARDSON inform the senate thereof.

There being no election, the roll was again called, with the following result:

For William C. Rives—Messrs. Sheffey (speaker), F. T. Anderson, Bailey, Baker, Boul. din, Burks, Custis, Davis, Dice, Evans, Fulton, Harrison, H. L. Hopkins, Huntt, Jordan, Magruder, Mathews, McKiuney, Minor, Prince, Reid, Riddick, Rives, Robertson, P. Saunders, Staples, Vaden, Walker and Williams—29.

For John J. Allen-Messrs. Ambers, J. T. Anderson, Bass, Carter, Cazenove, Cecil, Coleman, Crockett, Dabney, Eggleston, Flood, Forbes, Fry, Garrison, Gilmer, Hunter, James, Jones, Lundy, Mayo, Montague, Newton, R. C. Saunders, R. F. Taylor, S. M. Wilson and Wright-26.

For Charles i. Russell-Messrs. Booton, Bradford, Edmunds, Fleming, Gatewood, Green, Johnson, Kaufman, Laidley, A. W. McDonald, McLaughlin, Murdaugh, Noland, Orgain, Pitman, Robinson, Rutherfoord, Sherrard, Tomlin, Tredway, Ward, West and Worsham-23.

For John B. Floyd-Messrs. Barbour, Baskervill, Bayse, Bigger, Carpenter, Clarke, Daniel, Dunn, Ewing, Fletcher, George, Grattan, J. H. Hopkins, Kyle, Lively, Lockridge, Lynn, McCainant, I. E. McDonald, W. G. T. Nelson, Richardson, Rowan, Shannon, Thomas, Thrash, Woolfolk and Wynne--27. For Allen T. Caperton-Mr. Powell-1.

The same committee ascertained the joint vote, and Mr. ANDERSON of Rockbridge reported that vote to be: Whole number of votes cast,

148 Necessary to a choice,

75 William C. Rives received

41 John J. Allen

32 Charles W. Russell

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John B. Floyd received

33 Allen T. Caperton"

1 W. R. Staples,

1 No person having received a majority of all the votes cast, the name of John J. Allen was dropped under the rule.

Mr. MARYE renominated John J. Allen.
Ordered, that Mr. MARYE inform the senate thereof.

There being po election, the roll was again called, with the following result:

For William C. Rives-Messrs. Sheffey (speaker), F. T. Anderson, Bailey, Baker, Bouldin, Burks, Custis, Davis, Dice, Evans, Fulton, Harrison, H. L. Hopkins, Jordan, Magruder, Mathews, McKinney, Minor, Prince, Reid, Riddick, Rives, Robertson, P. Saunders, Staples, Vaden, Walker, Williams and J. L. Wilson-29.

For John J. Allen-Messrs. Ambers, J. T. Anderson, Bass, Carter, Cazenove, Cecil, Coleman, Crockett, Dabney, Eggleston, Flood, Forbes, Fry, Garrison, Gilmer, Hunter, James, Jones, Lundy, Mallory, Marye, Mayo, Montague, R. E. Nelson, Newton, R. C. Saunders, R. F. Taylor, S. M. Wilson and Wright-29. For Charles W. Russell-Messrs. Bradford, Edmunds, Fleming, Gatewood, Green, John

Kaufman, Laidley, A. W. McDonald, McLaughlin, Murdaugh, Noland, Orgain, Pitman, Robinson, Rutherfoord, Sherrard, Tomlin, Tredway, Ward, West and Worsham-22.

For John B. Floyd-Messrs. Barbour, Baskervill, Bayse, Bigger, Bootun, Carpenter, Clarke, Daniel, Dunn, Ewing, Fletcher, George, Grattan, J. H. Hopkins, Huntt, Kyle, Lively, Lockridge, Lynn, McCamant, I. E. McDonald, W. G. T. Nelson, Richardson, Rowan, Shannon, Thomas, Thrash, Woolfolk and Wynne-29. For Allen T. Caperton-Mr. Powell-1.

The same committee ascertained the joint vote, and Mr. ANDERSon of Rockbridge reported that vote to be: Whole number of votes cast,

151 Necessary to a choice,

76 William C. Rives received

41 John J. Allen

35 Charles W. Russell

38 John B. Floyd

35 * Allen T. Caperton

2 There being no election, and the SPEAKER having announced that of the nominees the two lowest had received an equal number of votes, and neither being dropped under the rule; thereupon Mr. AnDERSON of Botetourt withdrew the name of Jolin J. Allen.

Mr. Forbes nominated Allen T. Caperton of Monroe.

Ordered, that Mr. ANDERSON of Botetourt inform the senate that the name of John J. Allen was withdrawn, and that of Allen T. Caperton was added to the list of nominations.

The roll was again called, with the following result: For William C. Rives—Messrs. F. T. Anderson, Bailey, Baker, Bouldin, Burks, Custis, Davis, Dice, Fulton, H. L. Hopkins, Huntt, Jordan, Lundy, Magruder, McKinney, Minor, Prince, Reid, Riddick, Rives, Robertson, P. Saunders, Staples, Vaden, Walker, Williams and J. L. Wilson-27.

For Charles W. Russell-Messrs. Bass, Bradford, Cazenove, Edmunds, Fleming, Gatewood, Gilmer, Green, Hunter, Johnson, Kaufman, Laidley, Mallory, A. W. McDonald, Murdaugh, Newton, Noland, Orgain, Pitman, Robinson, Rutherfoord, Sherrard, Tredway, Ward, West and Worsham-26.

For John B. Floyd-Messrs. Barbour, Baskervill, Bayse, Bigger, Booton, Carpenter, Clarke, Daniel, Dunn, Ewing, Fletcher, Fry, George, Grattan, J. H. Hopkins, James, Kyle, Lockridge, Lynn, McCamant, I. E. McDonald, W. G. T. Nelson, Richardson, Shannon, Thomas, Thrash, Woolfolk and Wynne-28.

For Allen T. Caperton—Messrs. Sheffey (speaker), Ambers, J. T. Anderson, Carter, Cecil, Coleman, Crockett, Dabney, Eggleston, Evans, Flood, Forbes, Garrison, Harrison,

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