Friday, June 08, 2007

Article of Secession: Texas

1 February, 1861

An Ordinance to dissolve the Union between the State of Texas and other States united with her under the compact of Government styled “The Constitution of the United States of America”
SEC 1: Whereas the Federal Government has failed to accomplish the purposes of the compact of union between these States, in giving protection either to the persons of our people upon an exposed frontier, or to the property of our citizens; and whereas the action of the Northern States is violative of the compact between the States and the guarantees of the Constitution; and whereas the recent developments in Federal affairs make it evident that the power of the Federal Government is sought to be made a weapon with which to strike down the interests and property of the people of Texas and her sister slaveholding States, instead of permitting it to be, as was intended---our shield against outrage and aggression; therefore “We, the people of the State of Texas, by delegates in the Convention assembled, do declare and ordain that the ordinance adopted by out Convention of delegates on the (4th) day of July, A.D. 1845, and afterwards ratified by us, under which the Republic of Texas was admitted into the Union with other States, and became a party to the compact styled ‘The Constitution of the United States of America’ be, and is hereby repealed and annulled.
That all the powers which, by the said compact, were delegated by Texas to the Federal Government are resumed. That Texas is of right absolved from all restraints and obligations incurred by said compact, and is a sovereign State, and that her citizens and people are absolved from all allegiance to the United States or the Government thereof.
SEC 2: This ordinance shall be submitted to the people of Texas for their ratification or rejection, by the qualified voters, on the 23rd day of February, 1861; and unless rejected by a majority of the votes cast, shall take effect and be in force on or after the 2nd day of March, A.D. 1861. Provided that in the representative district of El Paso said election may be held on the 18th of February, 1861.
Done by the people of the State of Texas, in convention assembled, at Austin, the 1st day of February, A.D. 1861.

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