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Tallahassee, January 10, 1861.
Hon. C. H. Dupont, Hon. Wm. A. Forward and Hon. D. S. Walker, Associate Justices, Supreme Court of Florida.
Gentlemen: Your honored and esteemed favor of this evening just received, soliciting my aid in embellishing, by your order, with blue ribbon the parchment containing the Declaration of the Independence of the Sovereign State of Florida. I thank you, gentlemen, for the honor and the flattering terms in which your communication is couched. With you, I glory in the solemn act of our own State independence, and in behalf of the ladies of my native State of Florida I assure you we go heart and hand in the cause and will do all in our feeble power to assist in the maintenance of the proud Declaration of Independence. I cheerfully accept the portion of duty assigned me and will embellish the immortal parchment as you desire and request. I have the honor to be yours respectfully,


The day following the passage of the ordinance of secession, a committee was appointed to wait upon his excellency, Gov. M. S. Perry, both branches of the legislature, and the judges of the Supreme court, and inform them that the convention was ready to ratify the ordinance and invite their attendance. Governor Perry, suffering an attack of sickness, could not be present at the signing of the ordinance, and his place was filled by the Hon. John Milton, governor-elect. After prayer by Bishop Rutledge the convention signed the ordinance before the assembled citizens of Florida, after which the president declared that the State of Florida was a free and independent State, and that all political connection between her and the existing government of the United States was dissolved.

During the subsequent proceedings of the convention, which continued in session until the 21st, the following resolution was adopted: ‘Whereas, the State of Florida has severed her connection with the late Federal Union, ’

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