The Convention assembled at 10 o'clock.--Prayer by the Rev. Francis J. Boons, Chaplain of the Seamen's Bethel.
Report of the Commissioner.
Mr. Preston, of Montgomery, one of the Commissioners appointed by the Convention to wait on the President of the Northern States, presented the following report:
The ings of the Convention and the character of commission.
We here with communicate the President's reply to the preamble and resolution of the Convention. Wm Ballard Preston, Alex. H. H. Stuart Geo. W. Randolph,
The reply of President Lincoln was then read.
It was published in this paper yesterday.
Mr. Holcote action or co-operation might be submitted for the decision of the people.--This, in his opinion, was the proper course for the Convention now to pursue.
Mr. Preston, of Montgomery, said he studiously abstained from expressing any view of the question involved, when he presented the report this morning.
He thought the cours
Newton that of John J. Allen; and Mr. Fleming that of Hon. C. W. Russell, of Wheeling.
At 2½ o'clock a motion was made and carried that all debate upon the election of Senator at the was occupied by Mr. Wynne, of Richmond.
The time having expired, at thirty-one minutes past two the Speaker appointed a committee to inform the Senate of the readiness of the House to proceed to the election of a Confederate States Senator, to supply the vacancy occasioned by the death of the Hon. Wm Ballard Preston, and that Hon. W. C. Rives, of Albemarle; Hon Chas. W. Russell, of Wheeling; Judge John J. Allen, of Botetourt, and Gen. John B. Floyd, of Washington, were in nomination.
In a few minutes Mr. Johnson, of Bedford, appeared with a message from the Senate announcing to the House the readiness of that body to proceed to the execution of the join order for the election of Senator, and that no further nominations had been made.
The Clerk proceeded to call the roll, which resul