The roll being called, the following named members were ascertained to be present:
From Alabama--Mr. Shorter.
From Arkansas--Mr. Johnson.
From Florida--Messrs. Moreton and Ward.
From Georgia--Messrs. Howell Cobb and Thos. R. R. Cobb.
From Louisiana--Mr. Declout.
From Mississippi--Mr. Harris.
From North Carolina--Mr. Craig.
From South Carolina--Mr. Miles.
From Texas--Messrs. Reagan, Hemphill, Waul, Oldham and Ochiltree.
From Tennessee--Mr. Hughes.
From Virginia--Messrs. Preston, Hunter, MacFarlan and Brockenbrough.
The President declared a quorum present.
On motion of Mr. Miles, a committee of three was appointed by the Chair to wait upon President Davis and inform him that Congress was ready to receive from him such communication as he might be pleased to make.
The committee returning, reported they had discharged their duties, and the President would send in a communication in writing.
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