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‘ [11] a sovereign and independent nation, and that all ordinances heretofore adopted, in so far as they create or recognize said Union, are rescinded, and all laws or parts of laws in force in this State, in so far as they recognize or assent to said Union be, and they are hereby repealed.’

The president of the convention, was then instructed to inform the proper authorities of other Southern States of the action which Florida had taken. The committee on enrollment reported that in obedience to a resolution adopted by the convention the enrollment of the ordinance of secession had been properly and correctly made, under the direction of the judges of the Supreme court of the sovereign State of Florida, and the same was submitted to the convention for signature. The following correspondence between the judges and Miss Elizabeth Eppes was presented and placed upon the minutes of the convention:

Tallahassee, January 10, 1861.
Miss Elizabeth Eppes:
By resolution of the Convention of the People of the State of Florida, we, the judges comprising the Supreme Court of this State, are appointed to direct the enrolling of the Ordinance of Secession passed this day. In discharging our duty, we have directed that the Ordinance be enrolled on parchment and bound with blue ribbon. The honor of binding the same, we have with your permission intrusted to you, believing that you as one of the native daughters of our beloved Florida and a lineal descendant of the immortal author of the first Declaration of American Independence, will cheerfully lend your aid in embellishing the parchment, which contains the Declaration of the Independence of the Sovereign State of Florida.

Yours with great respect,


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