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[326] soldiery to pillage and burn our property, and threaten and destroy our lives.

We protest against the denunciations of the Governor, who threatens to hang us because we do not tamely submit to such indignities and “lick the hand just raised to shed our blood.”

From such a despotism, and from such dangers and indignities, we have been released by the restoration of the government of the United States, with the benign principles of the Constitution. The reign of terror is passed, and law and order prevail in our midst.

It belongs now to the citizens of this State, who hold to their allegiance under the Constitution of the United States, to reestablish a State government according to those provisions of the Constitution of the State which are not in conflict with or repugnant to the provisions of the United States. Be it, therefore,

Resolved, That we adopt the foregoing declaration of rights and protest, and recommend that a convention be called forthwith of all loyal citizens, for the purpose of organizing a State government for the State of Florida.

Be it further resolved, That the chief of the proper military department of the United States be requested to retain at this place a sufficient force to maintain order and protect the people in their persons and property.

All of which has been respectfully submitted.

I acknowledge the above to be a true copy.

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