At the meeting of Congress yesterday morning, President Cobb
made a brief speech in open session, returning his thanks to the members of the body for their complimentary notice of his intended departure for the seat, of war, made in his absence the day before He said:
Gentlemen of Congress;
--Allow man to interrupt for a single moment, the usual course of business.
If gentlemen, you could read the response which my heart has already made to the resolution you were pleased to adopt during my absence from the chair on yesterday, I should remain silent this morning; for words cannot express the feelings which this renewed evidence of your kindness and confidence has excited.
Since the first hours of our meeting to the present moment, approaching the closing hours of this session, I have received from you such repeated marks of your friendly regard as no presiding officer ever received from his associates.
Be assured, gentlemen, they will be borne in grateful remembrance; and in the new field to which I have been called — not by taste or ambition, but by the stern requirements of duty — they will greatly strengthen my heart, and I trust, under the protecting guidance of a kind Providence
, nerve my arm to the discharge of the humble part which I may be summoned to perform.
In the sincerity of my heart I believe that man was never engaged in a more just and holy cause than the one which has called our people to the defence of their homes, their families and their firesides, and that the Supreme Ruler
of the earth will continue to manifest His favor towards us, hitherto so remarkable.
With this full conviction, I go forward to the discharge of a solemn and imperative duty.
Accept, gentlemen, my sincere thanks and permit me to add, in behalf of the brave and true men under my command, in whose hands your banner will be placed, that I feel authorized to say you will never have cause to regret the confidence you have shown in their valor and patriotism.