A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Confederacy, Including the Diplomatic Correspondence, 1861-1865, Volume I/Provisional Congress, Fourth Session (Called)
FOURTH SESSION (CALLED).
MET AT RICHMOND, VA., SEPTEMBER 3, 1861. ADJOURNED SAME DAY.
Gentlemen of the Congress.
The bill important to the public service, being one to continue in office persons who have been appointed and nominated, and whose nominations had not been acted upon, was, I learned after your adjournment on the 31st ultimo, enrolled for my signature, but by some accident was not delivered to me, and thus failed to become a law; wherefore it has become necessary to convene you.You may either make the provisions contemplated, or by acting upon the nominations, or otherwise as in your judgment may seem best relieve the Government of the embarrassment to which otherwise it must be subjected.
September 3, 1861.
By the President of the Confederate States.
Whereas it hath pleased Almighty God, the Sovereign Disposer of events, to protect and defend the Confederate States hitherto in their conflict with their enemies, and to be unto them a shield: and
Whereas, with grateful thanks we recognize his hand, and acknowledge that not unto us, but unto him, belongeth the victory; and in humble dependence upon his almighty strength, and trusting in the justness of our cause, we appeal to him, that he may set at naught the efforts of our enemies, and put them to confusion and shame:
Now, therefore, I, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States, in view of the impending conflict, do hereby set apart Friday, the 15th day of November, as a day of fasting, humiliation, and prayer; and I do hereby invite the reverend clergy and people of these Confederate States to repair on that day to their usual places of public worship, and to implore the blessings of Almighty God upon our arms, that he may give us victory over our enemies, preserve our homes and altars from pollution, and secure to us the restoration of peace and prosperity.
|[SEAL.]||Given under my hand and the seal of the Confederate States, at Richmond, this thirty-first day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-one.|
By the President:
R. M. T. Hunter, Secretary of State.