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* Mr. B. F. Dunkin........................ ..... received 4 votes.
Mr. J. Izard Middleton, of All Saints, was called temporarily to the thair, and announced that Mr. D. F. Jamison, having received a majority of the votes cast, was duly elected permanent President of the . Convention. On motion of Mr. Burnet, of St. Philip's and St. Michael's, it was
Resolred, That a Committee of three be appointed to conduct the President elect to the chair.
The following gentlemen were appointed: Messrs. A. W. Burnet, Thomas Thomson and W. Porcher Miles.
The President elect, on taking the chair, addressed the Convention is follows:
Gentlemen of the Convention:
When I say that I have no words to express the gratification which your confidence has afforded me, I only say precisely what I mean. There is no honor I esteem more highly than to sign the Ordinance of Secession, as a member of this body; but I will regard it as the greatest honor of my life to sign it as your presiding officer. We have entered on a great work, and God, who holds in His hands the destinies of nations, only knows what may be the result. That it may lead to the honor and glory of South Carolina is my most fervent prayer. May God aid our States I am too little accustomed to the duties of presiding over a body like this, uot to feel my want of qualification for the position you have assigned me; and I have been so long withdrawn from deliberative bodies, that I must ask your indulgence for the errors I may commit. I stated in commencing that I was so overcome by your confidence that I had nothing to say. All I can do would be to express but imperfectly the emotions that agitate my bosom.
On motion of Mr. Quattlebaum, of Lexington, it was
Resolved, That the rules adopted by the Convention of South Carolina in April, 1852, be adopted by this Convention for the government of the same.
On motion of Mr. Lyles, of Fairfield, it was
Resolved, That the President of the Convention be authorized to apPoint a Clerk, a Messenger, and a Door Keeper for the Convention.
On motion of Mr. Adams, of Richland, it was
Resolved, That the Hon. John A. Elmore, Commissioner to this Convention from the State of Alabama, and the Hon. Charles E. Hooker, Commissioner from the State of Mississippi, be invited to take seats on the floor of the Convention. -
Resolved, That a Committee of three be appointed by the Chair to wait on the Hon. Messrs. Elmore and Hooker, and invite them to ad? dress the Convention, in the Hall, this evening, at seven o'clock.
The Chair appointed Messrs. J. H. Adams, I. W. Hayne and A. W. Burnet, said Committee. On motion of Mr. Keitt, of Orange, it was
Resolved, That a Committee of three be appointed to wait on the Hon. Howell Cobb, of Georgia, and invite him to a seat on the floor of the Convention.
The Chair appointed Messrs. L. M. Kitt, J. L. Orr and W. P. Miles, said Committee. Mr. Inglis, of Chesterfield, offering the following resolutions: - of . * * * * : * : * * * Resolved, That when this Convention adjourns, it stand adjourned to meet in the City of Charleston, on Tuesday, the 18th inst., at four o'clock. Resolved, That the Delegates from St. Philip's and St. Michael's be requested to procure a suitable building for the said meeting, and be requested to report to the President of this Convention as to the same.
Mr. Mazyck, of St. James', Santee, moved to lay the resolutions on the table. Ayes 68, nays 87.
Mr. DeSaussure, of Richland, moved to amend the resolutions by striking out “Tuesday, the 18th,” and inserting “Wednesday, the 19th.”
On motion of Mr. Smith, of St. Philip's and St. Michael's, the amendment was laid on the table. . .
The original resolutions were then agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Wannamaker, of St. Matthew's, it was ordered that
Whereas, At the election held in St. Matthew's Parish, for Delegates to the Convention, to convene on this day, but one candidato re
ceived a majority of votes cast. The next two receiving the same numbers, there was, consequently, but one elected. The Parish being entitled to two, is but in part represented; therefore,
Resolved, That the President of the Convention do issue a writ of election, to be held on Monday, the 24th instant, in all respects as the former, to fill said vacancy.
On motion of Mr. Maxcy Gregg, of Richland, the Convention took a recess until seven o'clock, P. M. THOMAS Y. SIMONS, Temporary Secretary.
The President resumed the chair. The President announced the following gentlemen as officers of the Convention, viz: B. F. Arthur, Clerk; C. O. LaMotte, Messenger; and Samuel J. Nettles, Doorkeeper. " . Mr. Adams, from the Committee appointed to wait upon the Commissioners from the State of Alabama, and from the State of Mississippi, introduced to the Convention, Hon. John A. Elmore, Commissioner from the State of Alabama, and Hon. Charles E. Hooker, Commissioner from the State of Mississippi, who respectively addressed the Conventlón. Mr. J. B. Kershaw, Delegate from Kershaw, appeared at the Clerk's desk, produced his credentials, signed the roll, and točk his seat. Mr. Inglis offered the following resolutions:
Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Convention that the State of . South Carolina should forthwith secede from the Federal Union, known as the United States of America.
Resolved, That a Committee of members be appointed to draft an Ordinance, proper to be adopted by this Convention, in order to accomplish this purpose of secession; and that individual members desiring to submit for the consideration of the Convention, any draft or scheme of such Ordinance, be requested to hand the same, without dehy, to the said Committee.
Resolved, That the Act of the General Assembly of this State, prowiding for the assembling of this Convention, be referred to the same Committee, with instructions to consider and report thereon.
The question being put, will the Convention agree to the first resolution? it passed in the affirmative:
Yeas, 159; nays, none. ©
The yeas and nays were demanded, and are as follows:
. Those who voted in the affirmative, are
Hon. D. F. JAMISON, President; and
Messrs. Adams, Messrs. Davant,
Dargan, - - Hammond,