December 22, 1860
SOUTHERN SENTIMENT.; GEORGIA. ALABAMA. NORTH CAROLINA. LOUISIANA. TENNESSEE. KENTUCKY. VIRGINIA. MARYLAND.
The Milledgeville Recorder brings a full report of the meeting held in the Senate Chamber, on Dec. 14, by those members of the General Assembly favorable to cooperation. Hon. JOHN BILLUPS, of Clark, presided, and a Committee of twenty-two, having Mr. QUILLIAN, of Gilmer, as Chairman, was appointed to prepare business for the meeting. After consultation, the Committee presented a series of resolutions with an address "to the people of South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida, in delegate Conventions assembled, and to such other Southern States as may assemble before the meeting of the Georgia Convention." These documents were signed by fifty-two members of the Legislature who were in attendance at the meeting. The preamble acknowledges the importance of the crisis, and the resolutions repudiate the idea that either of the Slaveholding States will prove untrue to her own interests or the common cause, condemn the plan of secession first and cooperation afterwards, since it would inevitably create domestic dissension and strife, while consultation would insure the success of whatever plan of redress may be agreed on. The address urges these same views at greater length, and invites the appointment of delegates to a Southern Convention. "Our people," it says, "must be united. Our common interest must be preserved. Our common movement must be successful. Common dangers must be avoided. Our equality, our honor shall be preserved. All these can devise a cooperation. Not for our enemies, but for ourselves, our safety, our children, our peace, our necessities, we beseech you so to order your action as that consultation and cooperation shall not be defeated, but secured." ]
Charleston Mercury, Jan. 7, 1861.
Washington, Jan. 6. The Senators from those of the Southern States which have called conventions of their people, met in caucus last night, and adopted the following resolutions:
Resolved, that we recommend to our respective States immediate secession.
Resolved, That we recommend the holding of a General Convention of the said States, to be holden in the City of Montgomery, Alabama, at some period not later than the 15th of February, 1861.
These resolutions wer telegraphed, this evening, to the Conventions of Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida.
A third resolution is also known to have been adopted, but it is of a confidential character, not to be divulged at present.
Jan. 11, 1861.
THE ALABAMA CONVENTION.; PASSAGE OF THE ORDINANCE OF SECESSION.
And as it is the desire and purpose of the people of Alabama to meet the slaveholding States of the South who approve of such a purpose, in order to frame a revisional as a permanent Government, upon the principles of the Government of the United States, be it also resolved by the people of Alabama, in convention assembled, that the people of the States of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri, be and they are hereby invited to meet the people of the State of Alabama, by their delegates in Convention, on the 4th day of February next in Montgomery, in the State of Alabama, for the purpose of consultation with each other as to the most effectual mode of securing concerted, harmonious action in whatever measures may be deemed most desirable for the common peace and security.
There are plenty more articles for calls for Southern unity prior to secession ordnances being adopted and ratified.