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d to perpetuate. On November 6, 1860, the legislature of South Carolina assembled and gave the vote of the state for electors of a President of the United States. On the next day an act was passed calling a state convention to assemble on December 17th, to determine the question of the withdrawal of the state from the United States. Candidates for membership were immediately nominated. All were in favor of secession. The convention assembled on December 17th, and on the 20th passed an orDecember 17th, and on the 20th passed 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. The ordinance began with these words: We the people of the State of South Carolina, in convention assembled, do declare and ordain, etc. The state authorities immediately conformed to this action of the convention, and the laws and authority of the United States ceased to be obeyed within the limits of the state. About