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s a sufficient cause for their action.
South Carolina led the way on the 17th of December, 1860, and was followed by the others—Texas having been the last to secede.
Her representatives subscribed the provisional Confederate Constitution at Montgomery on the 2d of March, 1861.
On the 11th of that month these States, through their representatives, adopted the permanent Confederate Constitution.
To understand the full effect of this important step, and how it was regarded by the great maje laws of the country as they stood when Mr. Lincoln was inaugurated on the 4th of March, 1861.
But that there was nothing in Federal legislation obnoxious to the cotton States themselves at the time the Confederate Government was organized at Montgomery, is shown by the very first act of the Provisional Congress.
Statute 1, chapter 1 of the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States, adopted on the 9th of February, 1861, is as follows:
An act to continue in force certain laws of