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Reorganized Government
General Assembly of Virginia

July 15, 1861

The House of Delegates met at the usual hour.

Prayer by Rev. S. R. Brockunier.

A communication from the Senate announced that the Senate had receded from their amendment to the House bill No. 3, to authorize the issue of bank notes of less denomination than five dollars. Also, that the Senate had passed Senate bill No. 1; entitled an act staying the collection of certain debts until the 1st day of January, 1863; and Senate bill No. 2, entitled an act to amend and re-enact the first section of chapter 150 of the Code.

The bill No. 1 was read a first and second time.

FONTAIN SMITH offered a substitute, which was ordered to be laid on the table and printed.

Bill No. 2 was read and referred to the Committee on Courts of Justice.

A message from the Senate reported that that body concurs with the House in their resolution to proceed on Tuesday next to the election of Brigadier General.

Mr. HOOTON from the Committee on Privileges and Elections, reported back the report committed to them, which was read and laid on the table.

A message from the Senate announced the passage of House bill No. 8, without amendment.

Mr. WILSON offered the following as a substitute for the resolution offered by him at an early stage of the session, authorizing the Treasurer to demand certain amounts of money from the Federal Government.

Resolved, by the General Assembly of Virginia, That the Treasurer of this Commonwealth, or such other person as the Governor may appoint, by letter of authority under the lesser seal of the Commonwealth, be authorized and directed, to demand and receive at the Treasury of the United States, so much of the net proceeds of the sales of the Public Lands as shall have accrued and become payable to this Commonwealth, under the terms and provisions of the act of the Congress of the United States entitled, "an act to appropriate the proceeds of the sales of the Public Lands and to grant pre- emption rights;" approved 4th day of September, 1841.

The resolution was laid on the table and ordered to be printed, and made the order of the day for to- morrow at ten o'clock.

Mr. SMITH presented the credentials of Greenbury Slack, from the county of Kanawha, which were referred to the appropriate Committee.

Bills on their first reading were taken up.

House bill No. 10, to regulate (by diminishing) the salaries of the Cashier and other officers of the branch of the Exchange Bank of Virginia, at Weston, was taken up and read a second time.

Mr. ARNOLD advocated the passage of the bill.

Messrs. Hooton, West and Logan opposed it.

Mr. HOOTON moved to indefinitely postpone.


The Chair said the question was only on the engrossment.

The question was taken and the bill ordered to its engrossment.

Engrossed bills were taken up.

The House bill altering the compensation of public printer and printer to the Senate was read a third time and passed.

The Clerk read a despatch from Grafton, announcing that Gen. Garnett had been killed the day before, (Sunday,) in regular battle.

Mr. PORTER was appointed to notify the Senate of the passage of the bill.

Mr. LOGAN presented a memorial from the School Commissioners of the City of Wheeling, asking for a division of the city into four, instead of six districts.

Mr. LOGAN moved its reference to a special committee. Adopted.

Committee - Messrs. Logan, Ruffner, Zinn, Farnsworth, Wetzel, Porter and Miner.

The House then adjourned.


In the Senate, Mr. Stewart reported a bill from the Committee on Courts of Justice and General Laws, re-arranging the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Judicial Circuits in the 9th and 10th Judicial Districts.

House bill No. 8, amending 33d section of chapter 44 of the code, was passed.

House bill No. 6, prescribing the duties and fixing the compensation of the clerks of the Senate and House, was read a second time and ordered to its third reading; also, House bill No. 7, abolishing the present Board of Public Works.

House bill No. 3, authorizing the issue of small notes, was passed, with an amendment providing that the circulation of them shall not exceed ten per cent on the capital of the banks issuing them, and that the aggregate circulation allowed by law shall not be exceeded.

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