VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THIS HISTORIC FLORIDA SECESSION DOCUMENT. THIS IS THE ONLY REPORTED NON-ARCHIVAL COPY.
The first article of the Ordinance of Secession states:
"We, the people of the State of Florida, in convention assembled, do solemnly ordain, publish, and declare, That the State of Florida hereby withdraws herself from the confederacy of States existing under the name of the United States of America and from the existing Government of the said States; and that all political connection between her and the Government of said States ought to be, and the same is hereby, totally annulled, and said Union of States dissolved; and the State of Florida is hereby declared a sovereign and independent nation; and that all ordinances heretofore adopted, in so far as they create or recognize said Union, are rescinded; and all laws or parts of laws in force in this State, in so far as they recognize or assent to said Union, be, and they are hereby, repealed."
The Ordinance was passed on January 10, 1861, by a vote of 62-7 and was signed on January 11 by Governor Madison Starke Perry, making Florida one of the first four states to secede. Florida remained an Independent State until the establishment of the Confederacy on February 4, 1861
VERY FINE APPEARANCE AND EXTREMELY RARE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF A FLORIDA CONFEDERATE POSTMASTER'S COMMISSION.
The Briggs census records only one cover with a Confederate Cork Fla. postmark (manuscript), and it is held in an institutional collection.