AN ORDINANCE to dissolve the union between the State of Mississippi and
other States united with her under the compact entitled "The Constitution
of the United States of America."
The people of the State of Mississippi, in convention assembled, do
ordain and declare, and it is hereby ordained and declared, as follows, to wit:
Section 1. That all the laws and ordinances by which the said State of
Mississippi became a member of the Federal Union of the United States of America
be, and the same are hereby, repealed, and that all obligations on the part of
the said State or the people thereof to observe the same be withdrawn, and that
the said State doth hereby resume all the rights, functions, and powers which by
any of said laws or ordinances were conveyed to the Government of the said
United States, and is absolved from all the obligations, restraints, and duties
incurred to the said Federal Union, and shall from henceforth be a free,
sovereign, and independent State.
Sec. 2. That so much of the first section of the seventh article of
the constitution of this State as requires members of the Legislature and all
officers, executive and judicial, to take an oath or affirmation to support the
Constitution of the United States be, and the same is hereby, abrogated and
Sec. 3. That all rights acquired and vested under the Constitution
of the United States, or under any act of Congress passed, or treaty made, in
pursuance thereof, or under any law of this State, and not incompatible with
this ordinance, shall remain in force and have the same effect as if this
ordinance had not been passed.
Sec. 4. That the people of the State of Mississippi hereby consent
to form a federal union with such of the States as may have seceded or may
secede from the Union of the United States of America, upon the basis of the
present Constitution of the said United States, except such parts thereof as
embrace other portions than such seceding States.