Speech of John W. A. Sanford of Georgia to the Texas Secession Convention

Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Convention.

The State of Georgia specially deputed me to announce to your honorable body that she has in the exercise of her sovereignty formally and solemnly abrogated and annulled the ordinance by which she became a member of the Federal Union. In making this announcement I deem it unnecessary to enter into a detailed exposition of the causes which have impelled her to this course of conduct. Continue reading “Speech of John W. A. Sanford of Georgia to the Texas Secession Convention”

Letter from John G. Shorter of Alabama to Governor Joe Brown of Georgia

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA., January 3, 1861.

His Excellency Governor JOSEPH E. BROWN,
Governor of the State of Georgia :

SIR: I beg leave to hand you herewith a commission from His Excellency Andrew B. Moore, Governor of the sovereign State of Alabama, and attested by the great seal of the State, under date of December 21, 1860, by which I have the honor to be constituted and appointed a commissioner to the sovereign State of Georgia, with authority to consult and advise with Your Excellency as to what is best to be done to protect the rights, interests, and honor of the slave-holding States. Continue reading “Letter from John G. Shorter of Alabama to Governor Joe Brown of Georgia”

Speech of William L. Harris of Mississippi to the Georgia General Assembly

Mr. President, and gentlemen of the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia:

I am profoundly sensible of the delicate and important duty imposed upon me, by the courtesy of this public reception.

Under different circumstances, it would have afforded me great pleasure, as a native Georgian — reared and educated on her soil — to express to you fully, the views which prevail in my native State, in relation to the great measures of deliverance and relief from the principles and policy of the new Administration, which are there in progress. Continue reading “Speech of William L. Harris of Mississippi to the Georgia General Assembly”