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A joint resolution to amend the constitution of the United States

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To His Excellency, the Governor of the State of Kansas:

 

Washington, March 16” 61.

 

Sir:

I transmit an authenticated copy of a Joint Resolution to amend the Constitution of the United States, adopted by Congress and approved on the 2d of March, 1861, by James Buchanan, President.

 

I have the honor to be,

Your Excellency’s obt., servt,

Abraham Lincoln.

 

By the President:

William H. Seward,

Secretary of State

 

United States of America

Department of State_

To all whom these presents shall come, greeting:

 

I certify, that the paper hereunto annexed has been compared with the original roll, and is a true copy of the Joint Resolution to amend the Constitution of the United States, “ approved March 2d, 1861.

 

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In testimony whereof, I, William H. Seward, Secretary of State of the United States, have hereunto subscribed my name and caused the Seal of the Department of State to be affixed.

 

Done at the City of Washington, this 13th day of March A.D. 1861, and of the Independence of the United States of America the 85th

 

William H. Seward.

 

Thirty sixth Congress of the United States at the second session begun and held at the city of Washington in the District of Columbia, on Monday the third day of December 1860.

 

Joint Resolution to amend the Constitution of the United States.

 

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled:  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

 

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as part of the said Constitution, viz:

 

Article XIII.  No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize of give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State.

 

Wm. Pennington,

Speaker of the House of Representatives,

John C. Breckenridge,

Vice-President of the United States & President of the Senate.

 

Approved March 2d, 1861

 

James Buchanan

 

 

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