Date Original

1861 January 11


Letter from May William Ezzard to Governor Henry M. Rector recommending that the Secession Congress meet in Atlanta once members are appointed.


[Page 1]State of Georgia,
City of Atlanta.
Whereas, it is now manifest that the Cotton States will secede from the
Union, and that Commissioners, or Delegates, will n all probability be appointed
by the Conventions of such States, to meet at some central point, for the purpose
of farming a Southern Confederacy; and believing that there is no place possess-
ing more advantages, or more appropriate for such a meeting that the city of
Atlanta, when we take into consideration its cential position, accessability, and
Hotel accommodations, we would desire to call the attention of the various Conven-
tions now in session, as well as those which may hereafter assemble, to this subject:
Be it therefore Resolved, by the Mayor and Council of the city of
Atlanta, That said Conventions be most respectfully requested to appoint this as
the place of holding said Central Convention; and we hereby tender to the mem-
bers of said body the hospitalities of our city, pledging ourselves and our citizens
to do all in our power to extend to them such accommodations and facilities as will
render their sojourn amongst us as agreeable as possible.
Be it further Resolved, That the clerk of Council be directed to forward a
copy of this preamble and resolutions to the Governor of each of the Southern
States, with a request that he lay the same before the Convention of his State,
now in session, or hereafter to assemble.
William Ezzard Mayor of Atlanta.
G. L. Noore Clerk.
I,_______do hereby certify that the foregoing is a
correct copy of a Preamble and Resolutions passed by the Mayor and Council of the City
of Atlanta, on the 11th of January, 1861.
G. L. Noore Clerk.

[Page 2]Mayor of
Gov Rector.

Physical Description

Preamble, 2 pages, 10" x 7.75"


Correspondence; War; Political participation


Mayor William Ezzard

Geographical Area

Atlanta, Fulton County (Ga.); Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)




MS.000064, Folder 42, Item 522

Resource Type



L.C. Gulley collection, MS.000064


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

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Secession Preamble from the city of Atlanta, L.C. Gulley collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Secession Preamble from the city of Atlanta