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Mr. Russell offered the following resolution; which was agreed to, to wit:

Resolved, That until further ordered the printing for the House be done by R. M. Smith, the printer of the Provisional Congress, on the terms prescribed by that body.

The Clerk having informed the Senate that the House was ready to receive that body for the purpose of proceeding to open and count the votes of the electors of the several States for President and VicePresident of the Confederate States,

The Senate attended in the Hall of the House.

The President of the Senate pro tempore took the Speaker's chair as the presiding officer, the Speaker being seated on his left, and the Senators having taken the seats set apart for their accommodation.

The President of the Senate pro tempore, in the presence of the two Houses of Congress, proceeded to open the certificates of the electors of the several States for President and Vice-President of the Confederate States.

All of the said certificates having been opened and examined by the tellers,

Mr. Miles, one of the tellers, reported the following as the result of ballots cast by the electoral colleges of the respective States:

Total number of States, 11.

Total number of votes cast for President, 109, of which Jefferson Davis received 109.

Total number of votes cast for Vice-President, 109, of which A. H. Stephens received 109.

To wit, as follows: Alabama

For President-Jeff. Davis, 11 votes.

For Vice-President-A. HI. Stephens, 11 votes. Arkansas

For President-Jeff. Davis, 17 votes.

For Vice-President-A. H. Stephens, 17 votes. Florida..

For President, Jeff. Davis, 4 votes.

For Vice-President--A. H. Stephens, 4 votes. Georgia

For President-Jeff. Davis, 12 votes.

For Vice-President-A. H. Stephens, 12 votes. Louisiana..

For President-Jeff. Davis, 8 votes.

For Vice-President-A. H. Stephens, 8 votes. Mississippi

For President-Jeff. Davis, 9 votes.

For Vice-President-A. H. Stephens, 9 votes. North Carolina

For President-Jeff. Davis, 12 votes.

For Vice-President-A. H. Stephens, 12 votes. . South Carolina

For President-Jeff. Davis, 8 votes.

For Vice-President-A. H. Stephens, 8 votes. Tennessee

For President, Jeff. Davis, 13 votes.

For Vice-President-A. H. Stephens, 13 votes. Texas

For President-Jeff. Davis, 8 votes.

For Vice-President-A. H. Stephens, 8 votes. Virginia .....

For President-Jeff. Davis, 18 votes.

For Vice-President--A. H. Stephens, 18 votes. The President of the Senate pro tempore then announced that the whole number of electors appointed to vote for President and VicePresident of the Confederate States is 109;

That for President of the Confederate States, Jefferson Davis had received 109 votes;

That for Vice-President of the Confederate States, Alexander H. Stephens had received 109 votes.

The President of the Senate pro tempore declared that Jefferson Davis, of Mississippi, is duly elected President of the Confederate States for the constitutional term to commence 22d February, 1862.

That Alexander H. Stephens, of Georgia, is duly elected VicePresident of the Confederate States for the constitutional term to commence 22d February, 1862.

The Senate returned to its Chamber.
Mr. Kenner offered the following resolution, viz:

Resolved, That a committee of three of this body be appointed by the Speaker, to cooperate with a committee of the Senate, to announce to the Honorable Jefferson Davis, of Mississippi. and to the Honorable Alexander H. Stephens, of Georgia, of their election, respectively, as President and Vice-President of the Confederate States of America for the next six years.

The resolution was agreed to; and The Chair appointed as said committee Messrs. Kenner of Louisiana, Miles of South Carolina, and Barksdale of Mississippi.

The resolution of Mr. Russell, that until further ordered, the printing for this House be done by R. M. Smith, the printer of the Provisional Congress, on the terms prescribed by that body, was taken up and agreed to.

Mr. Welsh presented a resolution from the legislature of Mississippi in relation to the shipment of cotton.

Also, a memorial from the legislature of Mississippi in relation to the pay of the Army of the Confederate States; which were laid on the table.

Mr. Boteler offered the following resolution, viz:

Resolved, That the President be requested to communicate to the House of Representatives the report of Major-General Thomas J. Jackson, respecting the recent operations of the division under his command in the Valley District oi Virginia;

Also, the report of Colonel George W. Lay, inspector-general of the Department of Northern Virginia, as to the condition of the command in the Valley District of Virginia.

The resolution was agreed to. Mr. Lyons offered the following resolution, viz: That a committee of one member from each State be appointed, to cooperate with such committee as may be appointed on the part of the Senate, to participate in the arrangement of the ceremonies for the inauguration of the President and VicePresident of the Confederate States of America.

The resolution was agreed to. The Chair appointed the following gentlemen on said committee, viz:

Messrs. Lyons of Virginia, Lyon of Alabama, Batson of Arkansas, Hilton of Florida, Holt of Georgia, H. W. Bruce of Kentucky, Marshall of Louisiana, Cooke of Missouri, Singleton of Mississippi, McDowell of North Carolina, McQueen of South Carolina, Swan of Tennessee, and Wilcox of Texas.

A message was received from the Senate, by their Secretary, Mr. Nash, informing the House that the Senate had agreed to a resolution to appoint a committee of two, to act in conjunction with a similar committee on the part of the House, to wait upon the President and Vice-President of the Confederate States and inform them of their election, and that Messrs. Barn well of South Carolina and Davis of North Carolina were the committee appointed on the part of the Senate.

Mr. Smith of Virginia introduced

A joint resolution for the purpose of suppressing intoxication in the Army; which was read the first and second times and laid on the table.

Mr. Curry moved that the hour of meeting of the House be fixed for 12 o'clock each day.

The motion prevailed.

The Chair laid before the House a communication from the executive of the State of Virginia, inclosing joint resolutions from the legislature of Virginia; which are as follows, to wit:

Joint resolutions,

Whereas the public enemy, invited by domestic foes, being in power within some of the counties in Virginia, where they are confiscating the property of loyal citizens, and otherwise oppressing them in a cruel manner; and

Whereas the traitors there, contemplating a division of this time-honored Commonwealth, with the aid of this public enemy, have set up a pretended government over the same, which, under the force of circumstances, could not be prevented by the timely sending of an adequate military force; and

Whereas the legislature desires to reassure all loyal citizens throughout the commonwealth of their desire and intention to protect them: Therefore,

.(1) Resolved by the senate and house of delegates, That in no event will the State of Virginia submit to or consent to the loss of a foot of her soil; that it is the firm determination of the State, and known to be that of the Confederate Government, to assert and maintain the jurisdiction and sovereignty of the State of Virginia, to the uttermost limits of her ancient boundaries, at any and every cost.

(2) Resolved, That the governor be requested to present a copy of these resolutions, properly certified, to the Provisional Congress, now in session, and to the Permanent Congress, to convene on the 22d of February, for their approval.

Mr. Perkins offered a joint resolution approving the resolution passed by the legislature of Virginia, expressing her determination to vindicate her ancient boundaries.

The resolution was read the first and second times, engrossed, read a third time, and agreed to unanimously.

Mr. Smith of Virginia moved to print the resolution for the purpose of suppressing intoxication in the Army.

Mr. Currin demanded the question; which was seconded, and the motion was lost.

Mr. Wright of Georgia offered the following resolution, viz:

Resolved, That the Doorkeeper of this House be authorized to appoint an assistant doorkeeper, to aid him in preserving order and in the discharge of other duties; and also four pages, to aid him in waiting upon the members of the House of Representatives.

On motion of Mr. Kenner, the resolution was referred to the Committee on Rules.

On motion of Mr. Curry,
Congress [The House] adjourned until 12 o'clock to-morrow.

THIRD DAY-THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1862.

OPEN SESSION.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with prayer by the Rev. Mr. Duncan.

Mr. Pryor announced the presence of James P. Holcombe, a Representative-elect from the State of Virginia, who came forward, was duly qualified, and took his seat.

Nr. Bridgers announced the presence of Archibald H. Arrington, a Representative-elect from the State of North Carolina, who came forward, was duly qualified, and took his seat.

Mr. Boyce offered the following resolution; which was read and referred to the Committee on Rules, to wit:

Resolred, That in addition to the usual standing committees, that a committee be appointed to be entitled “A committee on the public defense,” to whom shall be referred the following subjects:

The procuring of arms, ammunition, and munitions of war;
The increase of the Army; and
The conduct of the war.

Mr. Currin presented a memorial of certain citizens of Tipton County, Tenn., for the suspension of the Sunday mail; which was laid on the table, without being read.

Mr. Foote introduced the following resolution:

Resolved, That whatever propriety there may have been in the original adoption of what is known as the defensive policy in connection with the prosecution of the pending war for Southern independence, recent events have clearly demonstrated the expediency of abandoning that henceforth and forever, and that it will be the duty of the Government of the Confederate States to impart all possible activity to our military forces everywhere, and to assail the forces of the enemy wherever they are to be found, whether upon the land or water, with the view to obtaining the most ample indemnity for the past and the most complete security for the future.

Mr. Jenkins moved to lay the resolution of Mr. Foote upon the table.

Mr. Kenner, by unanimous consent, offered the following resolution; which was read and agreed to, to wit:

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to inquire what measures are necessary to be taken to secure comfort to the members of the House and the convenience of the public while in open session.

The Chair appointed as said committee Messrs. Kenner of Louisiana, Lyons of Virginia, and Pugh of Alabama.

Mr. Curry, by unanimous consent, from the Committee on Rules, to whom was referred a resolution in reference to standing committees, reported:

That the committee had duly considered the subject referred, and recommended the appointment of the following committees to consist of seven members each, to wit:

A Committee on Elections;
A Committee on Ways and Means;
A Committee on Military Affairs;
A Committee on Foreign Affairs;
A Committee on Naval Affairs;
A Committee on the Judiciary;
A Committee on Commerce;
A Committee on Post-Offices and Post-Roads;
A Committee on Territories and Public Lands;
A Committee on Indian Affairs;
A Committee on Patents; and
A Committee on Claims.

And the appointment of the following committees to consist of five members each, viz:

A Committee on Accounts; and
A Committee on Rules and Officers of the House.

And also the appointment of the following committees to consist of three members each, viz:

A Committee on Pay and Mileage; and
A Committee on Enrolled Bills.
The report was agreed to.

And, pending the consideration of the motion of Mr. Jenkins to lay the resolution of Mr. Foote on the table,

The House, on motion of Mr. Elliott,
Adjourned until 12 o'clock m. to-morrow.

FOURTH DAY-FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1862.

OPEN SESSION.

The House met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened with prayer by the Rev. Mr. Duncan.

Mr. Smith of Virginia, from the joint committee appointed to wait on the President of the Confederate States and inform him of the organization of both Houses of Congress, and that they were ready to receive any communication he might be pleased to make, reported that the committee had discharged the duty, and that the President expressed himself gratified at the fact, and after his inauguration, on the 22d of February, he would communicate with both Houses in writing.

Mr. Russell announced the presence of Muscoe R. H. Garnett, a Representative-elect from the State of Virginia, who came forward, was duly qualified, and took his seat.

Mr. Foster announced the presence of W. R. Smith, a Representativeelect from the State of Alabama, who came forward, was duly qualified, and took his seat.

Mr. Kenner, from the joint committee appointed to wait upon Jefferson Davis, of Mississippi, and Alexander H. Stephens, of Georgia, and inform them of their election to the offices, respectively, of President and Vice-President of the Confederate States of America, reported that the committee had discharged the duty, and that Mr. Davis and Mr. Stephens, with gratitude, accepted the offices:

Mr. Jones moved to reconsider the vote by which the report of the Committee on Rules was adopted yesterday.

The motion prevailed.

The report was taken up, and Mr. Jones moved to amend the same by striking out in the words “to consist of seven members each” the word “seven" and insert in lieu thereof the word "nine."

The motion was agreed to; and the report as amended was agreed to.

The House proceeded to the unfinished business of yesterday, which was the motion of Mr. Jenkins to lay the resolution of Mr. Foote on the table in reference to the policy to be pursued in the present war.

The following message was received from the Senate, by their Secretary, viz:

Mr. Speaker: I am directed to inform the House that the Senate have appointed Messrs. Orr, Johnson, and Clay as the committee on the part of the Senate to draft rules for the government of the business of the two Houses.

Also, that the Senate have agreed to a resolution that the Attorney-General be requested to return to the Clerk of the House of Representatives the papers that were on file in the office of the Clerk of the Provisional Congress and all documents and other papers that were under the Clerk's control in the hands of the Public Printer and not otherwise disposed of by order of the Provisional Congress, and that all papers referring to executive sessions and executive business be returned to the Secretary of the Senate.

Mr. Perkins moved to take up the resolution of the Senate requesting the Attorney-General to transfer into the possession of the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate the papers and documents of the Provisional Congress.

The motion was agreed to.
The resolution was taken up and agreed to.
Mr. Jenkins withdrew his motion to lay the resolution offered by

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