1860 · Charleston, South Carolina
Printed Document, "An Ordinance Concerning Judicial Powers" and "An Ordinance Concerning powers lately vested in the Congress of the United States," Charleston, South Carolina, [ca. December 26, 1860]. 3 pp., 8¼ x 13¾ in.
"That the judicial power heretofore delegated by this State, so as to form a part of the judicial power of the United States, having reverted to this State, shall be exercised by such courts as the General Assembly shall direct."
"That all powers, which by this State, were heretofore delegated to the Congress of the United States, shall be vested in the General Assembly: Except that during the existence of this Convention, the power of the General Assembly shall not extend, without the directions of this Convention, to either of these subjects, to wit: duties and imposts, the post office, the declaration of war, treaties, confederacy with other states, and"
A thirteen-member Committee on the Constitution of the State considered a variety of issues related to severing the state from the federal union. After deliberation, Chairman David L. Wardlaw (1799-1873) reported these proposed ordinances on December 26. The convention debated and passed versions of them on December 31.
These ordinances in effect only until the formation of the Confederacy with its own constitution and laws. South Carolina ratified the Confederate Constitution on April 3, 1861, and repealed or amended ordinances that conflicted with it the following day. The Convention specifically repealed these two ordinances "so far as they are inconsistent with the Constitution of the Confederate States of America."
Fire damage to center fold, with text loss on page 1 and page 3. (Inventory #: 24671.02)