From the Richmond Dispatch, 1/25/1862, p. 2, c. 4
An Effort will be made to connect the several railroads, ending at this place, by permanent tracks. A bill has been introduced into both branches of the General Assembly having for its object the uniting, not only of the railroads here, but those ending and starting from Petersburg. In the latter city some opposition has been manifested to the measure, but not sufficient to delay it as one of great public necessity. The friends of the bill have stated various and weighty reason why it should pass, which can hardly fail to have their due effect on the members of the General Assembly. Judge Robertson, Senator from this city, announced his purpose to call up the bill yesterday, but was precluded from so doing by the Senate's going into secret session to consider the bill to raise Virginia's quota of the Confederate army.