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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.38 (search)
gle, that swept over the Southland, burying the old life forever in its course. Of the causes that led up to that struggle, he spoke freely. He went over the intervening years when he was appointed by President Buchanan, United States District Attorney for Louisiana, and how he resigned this office in 1859, to accept the Attorney Generalship of the State. In January, 1861, events were rushing forward, and he was elected a member of the convention which passed the secession ordinance, January 26, 1861. I was a member of the committee of fifteen, which drafted this ordinance, said Mr. Semmes. And somewhere carefully put away, added Mrs. Semmes, I have still the pen with which you signed that ordinance. In September, 1861, I was called by President Davis to Montgomery, to consult with him as Attorney General of our State, as to the suspension of specie payment by the banks. The first loan ever made to the Confederacy, as testified by Mr. Memminger in a letter to the Confederate