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    [John W. A. Sanford]. Address of Genl. J. W. A. Sanford, Commissioner of Georgia. Before the Texan Convention. One page broadside, 5" x 13.5", [Austin], February 4, 1861. Appointed by the state of Georgia as secession commissioner to Texas, Sanford addresses the Texas Secession Convention and appeals to their sense of southern solidarity and brotherhood, in part, as follows:

    "The State of Georgia has specially deputed me to announce to your honorable body that she has, in the exercise of her sovereignty, formally and solemnly abrogated and annulled the ordinance by which she became a member of the Federal Union. In making this announcement, I deem it unnecessary to enter into a detailed exposition of the causes which have impelled her to this course of action. I shall, therefore, content myself with briefly adverting to the fact, that her Northern confederates have, for many years pretermitted no opportunity of annoying her upon the subject of negro slavery, until emboldened by her past forbearance, they have publicly proclaimed their determination of waging an unceasing warfare against its further extension and longer toleration...Others of her sister States have for like cause acted in like manner. Some have preceded and others have followed her action, and I trust, one and yet another will continue to follow, until all are embraced in the same family group, and placed under the protecting aegis of that Constitution which we all have loved so well, and still love, but which, alas ! we have in vain tried to save from the sacrilegious hands of the ruthless despoiler...The hearts of Southern fathers and Southern mothers...have followed you to this distant land, and though saddened by the wide interval between you and them, they become less sad, as hope and faith bid them look forward to the time when all will again live under the same form of government, and be protected by its strong arm."

    General John W. A. Sanford (1798-1870) served as a major general during the 1836 Cherokee War and was subsequently elected to the Georgia Senate. Folds and light, uneven toning; text is faded slightly in the middle at left. Right edge untrimmed. Held in a green half Moroccan and chemise slipcase with gilt stamped spine. Slipcase shows light shelf wear. Fine.

    Reference: Confederate Imprints, 5836.

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