ORDINANCES OF THE STATE CONVENTION WHICH CONVENED IN LITTLE ROCK, MAY 6, 1861
Little Rock: Johnson & Yerkes, 1861. 128pp. Half calf and marbled boards, leather label, in antique style. Contemporary notation on titlepage, minor scattered foxing. Very good. Ordinances passed by the Arkansas convention which voted to secede from the Union at the outbreak of the Civil War. The first ordinance printed here is the ordinance declaring Arkansas free of the United States: "An Ordinance to dissolve the union now existing between the State of Arkansas and the other states with her under the compact entitled 'The constitution of the United States of America.'" They further agreed to adopt the provisional Confederate constitution, and "the convention created the Arkansas Army, appointed its officers, and gave the war power to a three-man commission. It then wrote an entirely new constitution that incorporated many Whig objectives.... On June 3, 1861, the convention at last disbanded" - ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ARKANSAS. The convention likewise set up elections to remove the current governor, who was seen as having Union sympathies. The revision of the Arkansas state constitution is also included here. An important document recording the secession proceedings of the state of Arkansas. ALLEN 409. PARRISH & WILLINGHAM 2710. ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ARKANSAS (online).
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