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South Carolina Legislature--the governor's message.

Charleston, Nov. 25.
--The Legislature of this State met at Columbia yesterday. Gov. Pickens's message was read at noon to-day. He urges a cordial support of the Confederate authorities in measures for the common defence, and forbears, in view of the crisis, to object to the conscript law, though deeming all such acts against the spirit of the Constitution. He alludes to Lincoln's emancipation proclamation, and recommends the formation of a State guard of citizens under 18 and over 45 years of age for policies duty. He makes an appeal for the relief of soldiers' families; also, for the immediate clothing of soldiers in the field; says the State has furnished 42,000 Confederate troops, besides eight regiments of State reserves for coast service. He advocates an amendment to the State Constitution, limiting the privilege of suffrage to those who were citizens when the Confederate Constitution was adopted, and those born in the Confederacy. He urges a prompt organization of negro labor, so that the fortifications around Charleston may be made permanent.

The Governor pays a glowing tribute to Southern women, and especially to the women of Virginia, to whom South Carolina owes an everlasting debt of gratitude.

The remainder of the message is occupied with the consideration of finances and polity of the State.

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