Harper's Weekly 12/30/1865


THE DOOM OF SLAVERY.

PROCLAMATION.
WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State
of the United States
,

To All to Whom these Presents May Come, Greeting:
Know ye, that, whereas, the Congress of the United
States, on the 1st of February last, passed a resolution,
which is in the words following, namely:


A resolution submitting to the Legislatures of the sev-
eral States a proposition 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,
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 said
Constitution, namely:


Article XIII.



Section 1.
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 2.
Congress shall have power to enforce this
article by appropriate legislation
.



And, whereas, it appears from official documents on
file in this department that the Amendment to the Con-
stitution of the United States proposed as aforesaid has
been ratified by the Legislatures of the States of Illinois,
Rhode Island, Michigan, Maryland, New York, West Vir-
ginia, Maine, Kansas, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Vir-
ginia, Ohio, Missouri, Nevada, Indiana, Louisiana, Minne-
sota, Wisconsin, Vermont, Tennessee, Arkansas, Connect-
icut, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Alabama, North
Carolina, and Georgia, in all twenty-seven States;


And whereas, the whole number of States in the United
States is thirty-six;


And whereas, the before specially named States, whose
Legislatures have ratified the said proposed amendment,
constitute three-fourths of the whole number of States in
the United States;


Now, therefore, be it known that I, William H. Sew-
ard
, Secretary of State of the United States, by virtue and
in pursuance of the second section of the act of Congress
approved the 20th of April, 1818, entitled An Act to pro-
vide for the publication of the laws of the United States
and for other purposes, do hereby certify that the amend-
ment aforesaid HAS BECOME VALID TO ALL INTENTS AND
PURPOSES AS A PART OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED
STATES.


In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and
caused the seal of the Department of State to be af-
fixed. Done at the City of Washington, this 18th day
of December, in the year of our Lord 1865, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the
90th.

WM. H. SEWARD,
Secretary of State.

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