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less our candidate is chosen. If he fails we intend to prostrate the Government and break up the Union; peaceably, if the States composing the majority are willing that it should be broken up peaceably; otherwise, at the point of the sword. South Carolina Secedes from the Union. The election took place on the 6th of November, and in pursuance of the extraordinary programme just described, the State of South Carolina, acting by a Convention chosen for the purpose, assembled on the 17th of December, and on the 20th, passed unanimously what was styled an ordinance to dissolve the Union between the State of South Carolina and other States united with her, under the compact entitled the Constitution, of the United States of America. It is not my purpose on this occasion to make a documentary speech, but as this so-called Ordinance is very short, and affords matter for deep reflection, I beg leave to recite it in full: We, the People of the State of South Carolina, in Conventi