AN ORDINANCE to
dissolve the union between the State of Mississippi and other States
united with her under the compact entitled "The Constitution of the
United States of America."
The people of the State of
Mississippi, in convention assembled, do ordain and declare, and it is
hereby ordained and declared, as follows, to wit:
Section 1. That all the laws
and ordinances by which the said State of Mississippi became a member of
the Federal Union of the United States of America be, and the same are
hereby, repealed, and that all obligations on the part of the said State
or the people thereof to observe the same be withdrawn, and that the
said State doth hereby resume all the rights, functions, and powers
which by any of said laws or ordinances were conveyed to the Government
of the said United States, and is absolved from all the obligations,
restraints, and duties incurred to the said Federal Union, and shall
from henceforth be a free, sovereign, and independent State.
Sec. 2. That so much of the
first section of the seventh article of the constitution of this State
as requires members of the Legislature and all officers, executive and
judicial, to take an oath or affirmation to support the Constitution of
the United States be, and the same is hereby, abrogated and annulled.
Sec. 3. That all rights
acquired and vested under the Constitution of the United States, or
under any act of Congress passed, or treaty made, in pursuance thereof,
or under any law of this State, and not incompatible with this
ordinance, shall remain in force and have the same effect as if this
ordinance had not been passed.
Sec. 4. That the people of
the State of Mississippi hereby consent to form a federal union with
such of the States as may have seceded or may secede from the Union of
the United States of America, upon the basis of the present Constitution
of the said United States, except such parts thereof as embrace other
portions than such seceding States.
Thus ordained and declared
in convention the 9th day of January, in the year of our Lord 1861.