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ress was then taken up. The bill was amended so as to fix the time of the meeting of the next Congress on the first Monday of May, 1864. Mr. Johnson, of Ark., moved to reconsider the last vote and lay the bill upon the table. The bill was reconsidered and laid upon the table, to be called up on a future day. A message was received from the President transmitting copies of the correspondence of Major- General Whiting relative to the running of the blockade. On motion of Mr. Sparrow, of La., the Senate went into secret session. The House was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Duncan. The Chair stated 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 acc