included ex-Gov. John A. Winston
, Wm. L. Yancey
, Reuben Chapman
, ex-M. C., and other prominent citizens, thereupon withdrew from the Convention
, of Mississippi
, next announced the withdrawal of the entire Mississippi
, of Mississippi
, stated the grounds of such withdrawal, as follows:
Sir, at Cincinnati we adopted a Platform on which we all agreed.
Now answer me, ye men of the North, of the East, of the South, and of the West, what was the construction placed upon that Platform in different sections of the Union?
You at the West said it meant one thing; we of the South said it meant another.
Either we were right or you were right; we were wrong or you were wrong.
We came here to ask you which was right and which was wrong.
You have maintained your position.
You say that you cannot give us an acknowledgment of that right, which I tell you here now, in coming time will be your only safety in your contests with the Black Republicans of Ohio and of the North.
Why, sir, turn back to the history of your own leading men. There sits a distinguished gentleman, Hon. Charles E. Stuart, of Michligan, once a representative of one of the sovereign States of the Union in the Senate, who then voted that Congress had the constitutional power to pass the Wilmot Proviso, and to exclude Slavery from the Territories; and now, when the Supreme Court has said that it has not that power, he comes forward and tells Mississippians that that same Congress is impotent to protect that same species of property!
There sits my distinguished friend, the Senator from Ohio (Mr. Pugh), who, but a few nights since, told us from that stand that, if a Territorial Government totally misused their powers or abused them, Congress could wipe out that Territorial Government altogether.
And yet, when we come here and ask him to give us protection in case that Territorial Government robs us of our property and strikes the star which answers to the name of Mississippi from the flag of the Union, so far as the Constitution gives her protection, he tells us, with his hand upon his heart — as Gov. Payne, of Ohio, had before done — that they will part with their lives before they will acknowledge the principle which we contend for.
Gentlemen, in such a situation of things In the Convention of our great party, it is right that we should part.
Go your way, and we will go ours.
The South leaves you — not like Hagar, driven into the wilderness, friendless and alone — but I tell Southern men here, and, for them, I tell the North, that, in less than sixty days, you will find a united South standing side by side with us. (Prolonged and enthusiastic cheering.)
, of Louisiana
, briefly announced that all the delegates from his State but two would withdraw from the Convention
, and protested against the right of the two to act or cast any vote in behalf of the State
Hon. James Simons
, of South Carolina
, announced the withdrawal of the delegation from that State, in a communication signed by all the thirteen members thereof; in the words following:
We, the undersigned delegates appointed by the Democratic State Convention of South Carolina, beg leave respectfully to state that, according to the principles enunciated in their Platform at Columbia, the power, either of the Federal Government or of its agent, the Territorial Government, to abolish or legislate against property in slaves, by either direct or indirect legislation, is especially denied; and, as the Platform adopted by the Convention palpably and intentionally prevents any expression affirming the incapacity of the Territorial Government so to legislate, that they would not be acting in good faith to their principles, or in accordance with the wishes of their constituents, to longer remain in this Convention, and they hereby respectfully announce their withdrawal therefrom.
Mr. John Milton
, of Florida
, next announced the unanimous withdrawal of the delegation from that State, in a protest signed by five delegates, which was read by Mr. Eppes
, whereof the essential portion is as follows:
Florida, with her Southern sisters, is entitled to a clear and unambiguous recognition of her rights in the Territories; and this being refused, by the rejection of the majority report, we protest against receiving the Cincinnati Platform with the interpretation that it favors the doctrine of Squatter Sovereignty in the Territories — which doctrine, in the name of the people represented by us, we repudiate.