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Action of the Georgia Legislature.

--Just previous to the adjournment the Georgia Legislature, at its recent extra session, adopted Hon. Linton Stephens's peace resolutions, earnestly "recommending that our Government, immediately after every signal success of our arms, when none can impute its action to alarm instead of a sincere desire for peace, shall make to the Government of our enemy an official offer of peace, on the basis of the great principle declared by our common fathers in 1776, accompanied by the distinct expression of a willingness on our part to follow that principle to its true logical consequences, by agreeing that any border State whose preference for our association may be doubted (doubts having been expressed as to the wishes of the border States) shall settle the question for herself by a Convention, to be elected for that purpose, after the withdrawal of all military forces of both sides from her limits."

They also adopted his resolution declaring that "the recent Act of Congress to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in cases of arrests ordered by the President, Secretary of War, of general officer commanding the Trans-Mississippi Military Department, is an attempt to sustain the military authority in the usurpation of the Constitutional judicial function of issuing warrants, and to give validity to unconstitutional seizures of the persons of the people; and, as the said act, by its express terms, confines its operation to the upholding of this class of unconstitutional seizures, the whole suspension attempted to be authorized by it and the whole act itself, are utterly void.

"That, in the judgment of this General Assembly, the said act is an alarming assault upon the liberty of the people, without any existing necessity to excuse it, and beyond the power of any possible necessity to justify it; and our Senators and Representatives in Congress are earnestly urged to take the first possible opportunity to have it blotted from the record of our laws."

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