that, in compliance with a resolution of the House directing him to invite to seats in the hall Hon. I. G. Harris, of Tenn., and Gens. Robert E. Lee and Howell Cobb, he had in person waited upon Gen. Cobb and Mr. Harris, but being unable to ascertain the whereabouts of Gen. Lee, he had communicated the invitation to him in writing.
Mr. Harris and Gen. Cobb had accepted the invitation, with their thanks.
Gen. Lee had responded, by letter, as follows:
Richmond, Va., Dec. 16. "Hon Thos. S. Bocock, Speaker of the House of Representatives: "Sir:
I have received your communication of this date, informing me that the House of Representatives have invited me to a seat in their hall.
I am deeply grateful for this undeserved honor, and should be much gratified to be able to avail myself of the privilege, and to enjoy the opportunity of paying my respects to the representatives of the people.
But, called to Richmond on public business, my whole attention is occupied in its exe