Nov 25, 2014 - Sale 2368

Sale 2368 - Lot 68

Price Realized: $ 11,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000
(CIVIL WAR--CONFEDERATE.) Secession of the State of Mississippi from the Federal Union . . . An Ordinance to Dissolve the Union. Letterpress broadside, 17 x 14 inches; edges untrimmed and slightly irregular, paper slightly creased before printing, minor wear along folds, minor foxing. Jackson, MS: Power & Cadwallader, [1861]

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Mississippi was the second state to secede from the United States on 9 January 1861, just three weeks after South Carolina. Contemporary broadside printings of the Mississippi secession ordinance are rarely seen. We are aware of no others at auction, in contrast with the relatively frequent appearances of South Carolina printings. This ordinance repeals "all laws and ordinances by which the said State of Mississippi became a member of the Federal Union of the United States of America." It is signed in italic type by convention president William S. Barry and secretary F.A. Pope, and the 98 convention members are listed underneath by county. A short description of the convention follows, with the "yea" and "nay" votes itemized. A final notes adds that "The first prayer was offered for the new Republic by the Rev. W. Harrington; the first flag unfurled, was presented to the Convention by Mrs. H. H. Smyth." The document is certified in type by Mississippi Secretary of State Brougher.
The lead partner in the printing firm was John Logan Power of the Jackson Daily News, who served as official reporter to the secession convention. He is known to have published under the Power & Cadwallader imprint in 1860 and 1861 only. This broadside is printed with a full calendar for the year 1861 in the lower section, leaving little doubt that it was printed early that year. Parrish & Willingham, 3283 (citing only the Library of Congress copy); OCLC lists one other library copy.