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Georgia Votes to Leave Union, 1861

From The New York Times
Jan. 26, 1861


Milledgeville, Ga., Friday, Jan. 25.

The credentials of the Commissioners from Mississippi were presented to the Convention today.

A report was offered that no State be admitted into the Southern Union unless it be slaveholding, and if subsequently abolishing Slavery such State shall be excluded from the Union. The report was tabled for the present.

Resolutions were introduced relative to direct Southern trade; also proposing that Commissioners be sent to all the Slaveholding States. Objections were made to sending a Commissioner to Delaware. Referred.

The following ordinances were offered, and all made the special order for tomorrow: To abolish the Federal Courts and reestablish the authority of the State Courts; continuing in force certain Federal laws, under the control of the State; declaring what shall constitute treason; concerning citizenship.

An ordinance was adopted relative to the oaths of lawyers.

The Secretary of the Convention was authorized to have the Secession Ordinance, with the names of its signers, lithographed.

An ordinance was passed resuming State authority over territory which had been ceded to the United States.

A large portion of the day was spent in secret session.

The Convention will probably take a recess after Tuesday.

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