the Confederate States the capitol of Tennessee, together with other acts, have exercised powers and stretched their authority to an extent not within their constitutional limits, and not justified by the usages of the country.
9. That Government being instituted for the common benefit, the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.
10. That the position which the people of our sister State of Kentucky have assumed in this momentous crisis commands our highest admiration.
Their interests are our interests — their policy is the true policy, as we believe, of Tennessee and all the border States.
And in the spirit of freemen, with an anxious desire to avoid the waste of the blood and the treasure of our State, we appeal to the people of Tennessee, while it is yet in their power, to come up in the majesty of their strength and restore Tennessee to her true position.
11. We shall awa