Friday, June 08, 2007

Article of Secession: Florida

7 January, 1862

Whereas, all hope pf preserving the union upon terms consistent with the safety and honor of the slaveholding States, has been fully dissipated by the recent indications of the strength of the anti-slavery sentiment pf the free States; therefore,
Be it enacted by the people of Florida, in convention assembled, That it is the right of the several States of the Union, at such time, and for such cause as in the opinion of the people of such States acting in their sovereign capacity, may be just and proper, to withdraw from the Union, and, in the opinion of this Convention, the existing causes are such as to compel Florida to proceed to exercise this right.
We, the people of the State of Florida, in convention assembled, do solemnly ordain, publish, and declare that the State of Florida hereby withdraws herself from the Confederacy of States existing under the name of The United States of America, and from the existing Government of the said States; and that all political connections between her and the Government of said States ought to be, and the same is hereby totally annulled, and said Union of States dissolved; the State of Florida is hereby declared a sovereign and independent nation; and that all ordinances heretofore adopted, in as so far as they create or recognize said Union, are rescinded; and all laws, or parts of laws, in force in this State, in so far as they recognize or assent to said Union be and they are hereby repealed.

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