, May 8.
The Ordinance passed.
The deed is done!
And a black deed it is — the Legislature of Tennessee
, in secret session, passed an ordinance of secession — voting the State
out of the Federal Union, and changing the federal relations of a State, thereby affecting, to the great injury of the people, their most important earthly interests.
The men who did this deed in secret conclave, were elected two years ago, and they were elected and sworn to support the Constitution of the United States
, and the obligations of that oath must rest upon them until their successors are elected.
They have dared to pass an ordinance that is really unconstitutional, unjustifiable, and is, upon the whole, a vile act of usurpation.
That they say that the extraordinary emergency of the times demanded this outrage, will not do with those of us who know the State of Tennessee
has not been oppressed, and is not invaded by a hostile foe, and is not likely to be unless we invite or provoke an attack.
It has been the policy of all usurpers, in all ages, to excuse themselves for the exercise of arbitrary power, intended at once to oppress the people and to deprive them of their liberties.
The apology for doing this deed in secret session is, that it would not do to act with open doors, and thereby let the United States Government know what was transpiring.
This is only a pretext for this act — it was to prevent the People of Tennessee
from knowing what vile work they were engaged in, and applying the remedy.
They did not want the real people to read the speeches of Union men delivered in that body, who gave reasons, numerous and strong, why Tennessee
should not go into Jeff. Davis
's repudiating Confederacy.
But unprincipled politicians have resolved upon governing the people, and to induce them to submit, they must keep them in the dark as to their vile schemes.
In June, we are called upon to vote for or against this Ordinance of Secession, and all trains of evil, such as enormous taxes, and the raising of fifty thousand troops!
Will the people ratify it, or will they reject it?
Let every man, old and young, halt and blind, contrive to be at the polls on that day. If we lose then, our liberties are gone, and we are swallowed up by a military despotism more odious than any now existing in any monarchy of Europe
, May 11.
is disenthralled at last.
Freedom has again crowned her with a fresh and fadeless wreath.
She has broken through the meshes of tyranny.
She has shaken off the shackles which tyrants and usurpers were fastening upon her that they might reduce her to helpless and hopeless bondage.
She has left a Union in which she was no longer an equal.
She has dissolved her connection with States bent on her subjugation and destruction.
She has thrown off the yoke of a Government prostituted to the vile purposes of injustice and oppression.
Nobly has she asserted her independence and vindicated her sovereignty.
She has taken her place in the Southern
She has added another star to the flag of the Confederate States
, which floats over the dome of her capitol, the proud and unsullied emblem of Southern nationality.
She has united her destiny with a sisterhood of