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n.--The members of the delegation held on to the book in the same manner that juries are commonly sworn, and the oath was administered by the President in the same words that he himself had sworn. While each delegation was "at the book" all the rest remained standing in their places. The most profound silence prevailed during the ceremony, which in itself was of a most interesting character. The Laws of the Southern Confederacy. The Charleston Mercury contains a long letter from L. W. Spratt, condemning the passage by the Provisional Congress of a law against the African slave trade and other features. The Mercury alluding to the letter, says: We admit that the Government is but provisional and temporary, therefore, and that the features objected to may not be carried into the Permanent Government, and probably were never intended to be carried there. They were doubtless intended to conciliate the Border slave States, and induce them to an early union; but the concern