in ponderous tones said: Mr. President, I have the honor to present to you and to the convention Major-General Lee.
The general's retreat was cut off by the crowd of people who pressed up the hall in his rear.
The president of the convention, Mr. Janney, of the County of Loudoun, was to voice the sentiments of the body over which he had ably presided, and Lee must face the music of Janney's eloquence, so he stood calmly while the president of the convention said:
Major-General Lee, in Janney's eloquence, so he stood calmly while the president of the convention said:
Major-General Lee, in the name of the people of our native State here represented, I bid you a cordial and heartfelt welcome to this hall in which we may yet almost hear the echo of the voices of the statesmen and soldiers and sages of bygone days who have borne your name, whose blood now flows in your veins.
When the necessity became apparent of having a leader for our forces, all hearts and all eyes, with an instinct which is a surer guide than reason itself, turned to the old county of Westmoreland.
We know how