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Witness my hand and the Great Seal of
State, at Office in Sacramento, California, the
Twenty first day of December A. D. 1865.

B. B. REDDING

Secretary of State

[INDORSEMENT.]

enclosure to duplicate letter recd on 20th Jan, '66.

Executive Office

Dec 30th 1865

His Excellency Andrew Johnson

Sir

President,

In obedience to the request of the General Assembly of this State, I have the honor to enclose to your Excellency herewith, an authenticated Copy of their Resolutions ratifying the amendment to the Constitution of the United States abolishing slavery,

I have the honor to be with great respect Your Excellency's Most ob' sv

DAVID S. WALKER.

Governor of Florida

Joint Resolutions ratifying the proposed Amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to Slavery.

Whereas the Congress of the United States adopted a joint Resolution submitting to the Legislatures of the several States a proposition to amend the Constitution of the United States, which said joint Resolutions are as follows:

"Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives "of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, "(Two thirds of both Houses concurring) That the following "article be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, "as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States,

"which, when ratified by three fourths of said Legislatures "shall be valid to all intents and purposes as a part of the "said Constitution, namely: Art. XII. Sec I. Neither Slavery "nor Involuntary Servitude, except as a punishment for "crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, "shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to "their jurisdiction. Section II. Congress shall have power "to enforce this article by appropriate legislation." Therefore,

I. Be it Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Florida in General Assembly convened, That, the foregoing amendment to the Constitution of the United States, be, and the same is hereby ratified to all intents and purposes as a part of the Constitution of the United States.

II. Be it further Resolved; That this amendment to the Constitution of the United States, is adopted by the Legislature of the State of Florida with the understanding that it does not confer upon the Congress, the power to legislate upon the political status of the Freedman in this

State.

III. Be it further Resolved; That the Governor of the State, be, and he is hereby requested to forward to the President of the United States, an authenticated Copy of the foregoing Preamble and Resolutions

Adopted by the Senate, Dec 27th 1865

WM. W KELLY

Lieut Governor & ex officio

F. L VILLEPIGUE

Secretary of the Senate

4 AP-20.

President of the Senate

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I. B. F. Allen, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby certify that the foregoing resolutions are a true copy of the original on file in this Office.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my Official Signature, and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Florida. Done at the Capitol [SEAL.] in the City of Tallahassee, this 30th day of December A. D 1865, and of the Independance of the United States the 90th year.

By the Governor-Attest

B. F. ALLEN

DAVID S. WALKER

Governor of Florida

Secretary of State.

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I herewith transmit an attested copy of the Joint Resolutions of the Legislature of this state, approved this day ratifying the amendment to the Constitution of the United States. I have the honor to be

your most obedient servant

MARCUS L. WARD

The State of New Jersey.

Joint Resolution ratifying the amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

Resolved by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey, That the amendment to the Constitution of the United States, proposed at the second session of the thirty eighth Congress by a resolution of the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, to the several State legislatures be and the same is hereby ratified upon the part of this legislature, and made a part of the Constitution of the United States of America; said amendment having been approved

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