We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement in the territories.
We have appealed to them to refrain from assisting free emigration from free States.
We have sought to gain the ascendency by inducing them to remain in statu quo
, but they have been deaf to the vice of our dictation.
We must, therefore, resort to arms, and hold them as enemies, until they are willing to acknowledge our pretensions as a superior race.
We, therefore, the self-constituted rulers of the Southern
people, at Montgomery
assembled, appealing to King Cotton, and relying upon the protection of masked batteries, and the ardor of our soldiers, declare that they are absolved from their allegiance to the General Government
; and that these States are, and of right ought to be, wholly and solely devoted to slavery.
And in support of these pretensions, we pledge ourselves to stand whan we can, and run when we must, to save our lives and our ammunition.