January 16–19, 1861
This chapter describes the increasing tensions between the delegates of the Mississippi Secession Convention with regard to presented ordinances, and the overall organization of the envisioned “Southern Confederacy.” It also discusses the concerns over the increasing power of the delegates. The Natchez Daily Courier noted that confusion existed as to whether the delegates were limited to the question of secession, or “to do what they pleased.” In order to face this controversy, George Clayton offered four resolutions that stated: that the convention was merely called to secede and set up a new government; that setting up a new government was “the extent of its power”; that the convention should not tamper in legislative areas which by extension could also lead to other areas of government such as the judiciary; and finally that the convention only amend the constitution to allow for secession and the creation of a new government.
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