undertaking on any pretext whatever to exercise any powers other than that above enumerated, that our delegates are instructed to protest against the same and to declare in behalf of the State of Florida
that such acts will not be deemed binding.’
Select committees having been appointed for the discussion of the adoption of proper methods in the formation of rules and regulations governing the judiciary, civil, military and naval departments of the State
, and having satisfactorily accomplished this important work, on the 21st of January, 1861, a committee of three was appointed to wait on the governor and inform him that the convention was ready to adjourn and to learn if he had further communications to make.
On the return of the committee with report that the governor had no further communications to make, resolutions of thanks were tendered to the Hon. John C. McGehee
, president of the convention, for the impartial and dignified manner in which he had discharged the duties of the position.
The convention also adopted resolutions expressing ‘their approval and high appreciation of the acts of Major-General Chase
,’ as the same had been communicated by Colonels Holland
, aides to the governor, and thanks were tendered to these officers, to the troops, and to Governor Moore
for ‘his promptness and patriotism.’
It is worthy of note that General Chase
, in accepting the appointment of military commander, informed Governor Perry
that he would serve without pay or any personal expense to the State
On the 4th of February, 1861, the delegates from the seceding States met at Montgomery, Ala.
, and prepared a provisional constitution for the new Confederacy.
This constitution was discussed in detail and was adopted on the 8th of February, 1861.
All the principal measures of that body passed or proposed during its session, met the approval and support of our delegates.
The day following the adoption of the constitution, on February 9th,