jurist was heard.
This was a voice never listened to without respect—the voice of Christian Roselius
, a shining member of that bar of New Orleans so full of great names.
declared frankly that, though opposed to precipitate action, he should, if the ordinance of secession be passed, ‘attach his destiny to it, and sustain his State with his life, his honor and his property’—words fit to place, as coming from a foreigner by birth, upon his tomb in Louisiana
On the 26th of January the convention proceeded to action.
No time was lost.
A vast majority stood back of the committee of fifteen.
The ordinance of secession was passed by a decisive vote of I 13 ayes to 17 nays.
substitute was rejected by 24 ayes to 106 nays; the Fuqua substitute by 47 ayes to 68 nays.
The ceremonies attending the signing of the ordinance were simple.
The president signed first; the others, having been provided each with a gold pen
to inscribe his name, followed.
The vote had no sooner been announced than President Mouton
declared the connection of Louisiana
with the United States
dissolved, and the Federal
authority therein null and void.
Before adjourning to meet on January 29th, in Lyceum hall, New Orleans, John Perkins, Jr.
, of the committee on Confederation, had reported an ordinance for the appointment of a delegation to a convention to form a Southern Confederacy, to be held at Montgomery
, February 4, 1861.
This ordinance was carried unanimously, with the following delegation: Perkins
of St. Martin
of De Soto
This was the signal for the unfurling of a beautiful Pelican
flag above the president's stand, amid intense enthusiasm.
After this, Rev. D. Linfield
offered in English a fervent prayer for a blessing on the work of the convention.
Father Darius Hubert
, the good Samaritan
of the armies of the Confederacy
, followed with a prayer in French
Thus the two languages of the native population