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authorized to commission all officers elected for the volunteer regiment No. 1, without regard to any law of the State of Arkansas concerning elections, upon the presentation to him of the names of said officers and their grades of office; and so soon as they are commissioned he will tender said regiment to the President of the Confederate States, to be employed under his command as a regiment of the Confederate States.

Adopted in and by the convention May 9, 1861.

DAVID WALKER,

President of the Arkansas State Convention.

Attest.

ELIAS C. BOUDINOT,

Secretary of the Convention.

A RESOLUTION for the election and commission of officers for the military companies now at Hopefield.

Be it resolved by the people of Arkansas in convention assembled, That the officers and private soldiers of the several volunteer companies now at or near Hopefield, in the service of the State, shall be, and they are hereby, authorized to form themselves into a regiment, to be called the Second Regiment of Arkansas Volunteers, and to elect therefor one colonel, one lieutenant-colonel, and one major, which election shall be held by such persons as the captains of companies, shall select, and shall be certified to the Governor, who shall immediately issue commissions to the officers elected, as well as to the various officers of the line of such regiment. And the colonel of such regiment shall anoint his own staff officers, including one surgeon and an assistant surgeon.

Adopted and passed by and in the convention May 9, 1861.

DAVID WALKER,

President of the Arkansas State Convention.

Attest.

ELIAS C. BOUDINOT,

Secretary of the Convention.

MONTGOMERY, May 10, 1861.

The CONGRESS OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA:

It is with sincere pleasure that I inform you that the government of North Carolina has accredited the Hon. Thomas L. Clingman as commissioner to represent that Commonwealth near the Government of the Confederate States. Mr. Clingman presented to me this day his letters of credence, and I received him in a manner corresponding to his station and the high purpose of his mission. If afforded me much gratification to receive from Mr. Clingman the assurance which he was instructed by his government to convey to me of the determination of his State "to link here fortunes with those of the Confederate States, and to draw the sword in the common defense of our liberties. " This proof of North Carolina's sympathy, and this promise of her early union with the Confederate States, are the more signal because conveyed by one of such high station and reputation as Mr. Clingman.

JEFF'N DAVIS.