An Ordinance to dissolve the union between the State of Alabama and the other States united
under the compact styled "The Constitution of the United States of America"
Whereas, the election of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin to the offices of president and
vice-president of the United States of America, by a sectional party, avowedly hostile to the
domestic institutions and to the peace and security of the people of the State of Alabama,
preceded by many and dangerous infractions of the constitution of the United States by many of
the States and people of the Northern section, is a political wrong of so insulting and manacing a
character as to justify the people of the State of Alabama in the adoption of prompt and decided
measures for their future peace and security, therefore:
Be it declared and ordained by the people of the State of Alabama, in Convention assembled, That
the State of Alabama now withdraws, and is hereby withdrawn from the Union known as "the
United States of America," and henceforth ceases to be one of said United States, and is, and of
right ought to be a Sovereign and Independent State.
Sec 2. Be it further declared and ordained by the people of the State of Alabama in Convention
assembled, That all powers over the Territory of said State, and over the people thereof,
heretofore delegated to the Government of the United States of America, be and they are hereby
withdrawn from said Government, and are hereby resumed and vested in the people of the State
of Alabama. And as it is the desire and purpose of the people of Alabama to meet the slaveholding
States of the South, who may approve such purpose, in order to frame a provisional as well as
permanent Government upon the principles of the Constitution of the United States,
Be it resolved by the people of Alabama in Convention assembled, That the people of the States
of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi,
Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri, be and are hereby invited to meet
the people of the State of Alabama, by their Delegates, in Convention, on the 4th day of February,
A.D., 1861, at the city of Montgomery, in the State of Alabama, for the purpose of consulting
with each other as to the most effectual mode of securing concerted and harmonious action in
whatever measures may be deemed most desirable for our common peace and security.
And be it further resolved, That the President of this Convention, be and is hereby instructed to
transmit forthwith a copy of the foregoing Preamble, Ordinance, and Resolutions to the
Governors of the several States named in said resolutions.
Done by the people of the State of Alabama, in Convention assembled, at Montgomery, on this,
the eleventh day of January, A.D. 1861.
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