Congress met at 12 o'clock M., and was opened with prayer by Rev. George Woodbridge
. Hon. Howell Cobb
in the Chair.
The Journal of the preceding day was read and approved.
The arrival of Hon. Jas. M. Mason
and Hon. Roger A. Peyor
, members elect from the State of Virginia
, was announced; whereupon they came for ward and were duly qualified.
, from a special committee, made the following report:
"The committee to whom was referred the resolutions, approving the prompt and patriotic efforts of the Mayor
of the city of Richmond
in behalf of the wounded in the glorious victory at Manassas
, and tendering the co-operation of Congress in his beneficent plan, respectfully report that, in a public meeting of the citizens of Richmond
, convened by the Mayor
on Monday, the 22d inst., the following proceedings were had. [The proceedings have been already published in the newspapers.]
These proceedings meet the exigency in a spirit of broad and considerate sympathy.--There is no duty to which our fellow citizens, or their representatives and agents, are prepared to respond more spontaneously and liberally than to that which summons them to the consolation and relief of their intrepid defenders.
It would not become the Congress of the Confederate States to permit the city of Richmond
to take to herself the whole charge of providing for the wounded and sick of the army, which, under the blessing of Providence
, triumphed gloriously at Manassas
It behooves Congress to provide the funds necessary to meet the outlay which may attend the execution of this beneficent design; therefore,
That the sum of five thousand dollars be placed at the disposal of the Secretary of the Treasury
, to be expended in securing the comfort of the officers and men of the army who were in the battle of Manassas
, and may be removed to the city of Richmond
under the resolution of the Common Council.
The report was agreed to, and the resolution adopted.
Mr. Thos. R. R. Cobb
, of Ga.
, announced the death of his colleague, Hon. Francis
, who was killed in the battle at Manassas
on Sunday last.
pronounced an eloquent eulogy on the character of the deceased, concluding by offering a series of resolutions expressive of the feelings of Congress, which were unanimously adopted.
He was followed by Messrs. Hill
, of Ga.; Mason
, of Va.
, and Chestnut
, of S. C.
, who delivered most eloquent and affecting remarks, eulogistic of the deceased.
Congress then adjourned.