The convention, instructed by a popular vote of 4,258 for separate State action against 3,978 for united Southern action, presented an according majority of 280.
The vote had been light on both sides; but the feeling for immediate secession was not to be mistaken.
With ex-Governor Alexander Mouton
president, the convention met in the hall of representatives, Baton Rouge
, January 23, 1861.
The next day, the 24th, Hon. John Perkins, Jr.
, of Madison
, on behalf of the committee of fifteen of which he was the chairman, reported to the convention the following ordinance.
It was the solitary voice which Louisiana
, as the mother of her children, addressed to them from her crisis of 861.