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The South Carolina State Convention.

Charleston. Dec. 28.
--The obligation of secrecy relative to an ordinance passed yesterday in secret session, has been removed.--This ordinance amends the Constitution of South Carolina respecting the Executive Department.

  1. First. The Governor has power to receive Ambassadors, Ministers, and Consular Agents of Foreign powers; conduct negotiations with Foreign powers; make treaties, by and with the advice of the Senate, two-thirds of the Senators agreeing; to appoint, with the advice and consent of the Senate, such Ambassadors, public Ministers, and Conan's, as the General Assembly may have previously directed to be appointed; also, all other officers whose appointments have not otherwise been provided for by law; fill vacancies during the recess of the Senate, by issuing commissions to officers for whose nomination he would otherwise have required the consent of that body — these commissions to expire at the next following session of the Senate. To convene the Senate whenever necessary; provided, nevertheless, that during the existence of the Convention, all treaties, directions for the appointment of Foreign Ministers, &c., be subject to its advice and consent.
  2. Secondly. The Governor shall immediately appoint four persons, who, with the Lieut. Governor shall form a Council, to be called the Executive Connoil, whose duty it shall be to advise with him.
Mr. Rhett spoke on the report of the committee who had under consideration the address to the Southern people; also, on the ordinance forming a Southern Confederacy. He said the object of speedy combination was the permanent protection of their rights. He favored the proposition of doubling the number of representatives in the General Convention, and adopting the articles of confederation for a Provisional Government.

Mr. Memminger, in the secret session yesterday, from the committee to whom was referred the resolutions on citizenship, reported every person in South Carolina at the time of secession, whether born, temporary residents, or naturalized, shall continue citizens until death. Free whiles, whose fathers were then residents of the State, and citizens of other States who may reside in this seven months, with the intention of remaining, shall, on taking the oath of allegiance, become citizens. Free whites, on entering the army or navy, shall take the oath of allegiance.

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