Doc. 103.--proclamation of Gov. Ellis, April, 1861.
Whereas, by proclamation of Abraham Lincoln
of the United States
, followed by a requisition of Simon Cameron
, Secretary of War
, I am informed that the said Abraham Lincoln
has made a call for seventy-five thousand men, to be employed for the invasion of the peaceful homes of the South
, and for the violent subversion of the liberties of a free people, constituting a large part of the whole population of the late United States
; and, whereas
, this high-handed act of tyrannical outrage is not only in violation of all Constitutional law, utter disregard of every sentiment of humanity and Christian civilization, and conceived in a spirit of aggression unparalleled by any act of recorded history, but is a direct step toward the subjugation of the whole South
, and the conversion of a free republic, inherited from our fathers, into a military despotism, to be established by worse than foreign enemies on the ruins of our once glorious Constitution of equal rights:
Now, therefore, I, John W. Ellis
of the State of North Carolina
, for these extraordinary causes, do hereby issue this, my Proclamation, notifying and requesting the Senators
and members of the House of Commons of the General Assembly of North Carolina
, to meet in special session at the Capitol
, in the City of Raleigh
, on Wednesday, the 1st day of May next.
And I furthermore exhort all good citizens throughout the State
to be mindful that their first allegiance is due to the sovereignty which protects their homes and dearest interests, as their first service is due for the sacred defence of their hearts, and of the soil which holds the graves of our glorious dead.
United action in defence of the sovereignty of North Carolina
, and of the rights of the South
, becomes now the duty of all.--N. Y. Tribune
, April 26.