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20 September 1862: “the legislature, if convened, would be cramped & hampered by the forms of the Constitution…”

Item transcription: Letter, 20 September 1862, from Weldon Nathaniel Edwards, Ridgeway, N.C., to William Alexander Graham, Hillsboro, N.C. The letter concerns the prospect of convening, in late 1862, a legislative convention in North Carolina. Edwards served as the president of the … Continue reading

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30 January 1862: “WHEREAS, It is of great importance to manufacture Salt in the interior of this State…”

Item description: Salt continued to be of great importance to the North Carolina Secession Convention as evidenced by this ordinance. In it, the convention exempts the owners and operators of “The Chatham Salt Mining and Manufacturing Company” from militia service, … Continue reading

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20 January 1862: “It is desirable that Constitutions, based on sound republican principles, should be as seldom subjected as possible to general revisions and changes…”

Item description: Signed by William Woods Holden and Ervin A. Thompson, this report explains their dissenting views concerning new modes of amending North Carolina’s constitution, which were proposed by the state’s Secession Convention. They argue against extraneous calls for and … Continue reading

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8 December 1861: “Evey Man Woman & Child would sign a petition to that effect. Except the distillers.”

Item description: Letter from George A. McManners to William A. Graham. McManners urged Governor Graham to take up the question of whiskey taxation at the convention to prevent corn speculation and to protect his political standing with the people of … Continue reading

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2 December 1861: “The great and pressing demand for the immediate supply of salt for the use of our citizens and soldiers…”

Item description: Ex officio governor Henry T. Clark transmitted these instructions for producing salt from seawater to the North Carolina Secession Convention for its consideration. The instructions came from Ebenezer Emmons, state geologist of North Carolina. Item citation: “Manufacture of … Continue reading

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