Speech of John Preston of South Carolina to the Virginia Secession Convention

Mr. President and Gentlemen of Virginia:

I have had the honor to present you, sir, and this Convention my credentials, as Commissioner from the Government of South Carolina, and, upon your reception of these credentials, I am instructed by my Government to lay before you the causes which induced the State of South Carolina to withdraw from the Union, and the people of South Carolina to resume the powers which they had delegated to the Government of the United States of America. Continue reading “Speech of John Preston of South Carolina to the Virginia Secession Convention”

Speech of Fulton Anderson of Mississippi to the Virginia Secession Convention

Gentlemen of the Convention: Honored by the Government of Mississippi with her commission to invite your co-operation in the measures, she has been compelled to adopt for the vindication of her rights and her honor in the present perilous crisis of the country, I desire to express to you, in the name and behalf of her people, the sentiments of esteem and admiration which they in common with the whole Southern people entertain for the character and fame of this ancient and renowned Commonwealth. Continue reading “Speech of Fulton Anderson of Mississippi to the Virginia Secession Convention”

Letter of S.F. Hale of Alabama to Governor Magoffin of Kentucky

To His Excellency B. McGoffin, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

I have the honor of placing in your hands herewith, a Commission from the Governor of the State of Alabama, accrediting me as a Commissioner from that State to the sovereign State of Kentucky, to consult in reference to the momentous issues now pending between the Northern and Southern States of this Confederacy. Continue reading “Letter of S.F. Hale of Alabama to Governor Magoffin of Kentucky”

Letter from J.L.M. Curry of Alabama to Governor Hicks of Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, MD., December 28, 1860.

Hon. THOMAS H. HICKS,
Annapolis, Md.:

SIR: The Governor of the sovereign State of Alabama has appointed me a commissioner to the sovereign State of Maryland “to consult and advise” with the Governor and Legislature thereof “as to what is best to be done to protect the rights, interests, and honor of the slave-holding States,” menaced and endangered by recent political events. Continue reading “Letter from J.L.M. Curry of Alabama to Governor Hicks of Maryland”

Florida Secession Ordinance

The people of the State of Florida assembled in Convention having declared the separation of the state from the confederacy of the United States of America and resumed all the powers granted to the Government of that Confederacy, it is due to ourselves to our – late – confederates and to the civilized world that we should set forth the causes which have forced us to adopt this extreme measure fraught as it is with consequences the most momentous. We have not acted in haste or in passion but with the utmost deliberation and from what we regard as immeasurable necessity. Continue reading “Florida Secession Ordinance”

South Carolina Secession Ordinance

The people of the State of South Carolina, in Convention assembled, on the 26th day of April, A.D., 1852, declared that the frequent violations of the Constitution of the United States, by the Federal Government, and its encroachments upon the reserved rights of the States, fully justified this State in then withdrawing from the Federal Union; but in deference to the opinions and wishes of the other slaveholding States, she forbore at that time to exercise this right. Since that time, these encroachments have continued to increase, and further forbearance ceases to be a virtue.

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