Nashville: J.O. Griffith, 1861. 189,  blanks pp. Front endpaper foxed, fox mark to title page. 'Duplicate' rubberstamp on blank verso of title page. Else clean. Very Good.
[bound with] HOUSE JOURNAL OF THE EXTRA SESSION OF THE THIRTY-THIRD GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, WHICH CONVENED AT NASHVILLE, ON THE FIRST MONDAY IN JANUARY, A.D. 1861. Nashville: J.O. Griffith. 1861. 256pp, Very Good. The two Journals bound together in modern two-toned blue cloth, original gilt-lettered red morocco spine label.
Tennessee seceded on June 8, 1861. After Lincoln's election, its citizens debated the issue with the utmost intensity. On December 7, 1860, Governor Isham Harris called the legislature into special session. His Message to the Special Session denounced the "actual and threatened aggressions of the Northern States and a portion of their people, upon the well-defined constitutional rights of the Southern citizen;" and his fears that a hostile, "purely sectional party" would continue to practice "uncompromising hostility to the rights and institutions of the fifteen Southern States." He and other representatives seek, first, a series of constitutional amendments forever protecting Slavery. But much skepticism is expressed: "But can we hope for such results?...The work of alienation and disruption" has probably "gone so far, that it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to arrest it." The Session debates a variety of proposals, with their disposition voted in yeas and nays, in preparation for the final disruption. Plans for a Secession Convention and vote of the people were laid, with secession decided, much to the distress of loyal East Tennesseans.
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