Item description: An ordinance, passed by the North Carolina Secession Convention, defining treason and the necessary conditions for being convicted of the same.
AN ORDINANCE DEFINING TREASON AGAINST THE STATE.
Be it ordained by this Convention, and it is hereby ordained by the authority of the same, as follows: Treason against the State of North Carolina, shall consist only in levying war against her, or in adhering to her enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or confession in open court.
Read three times and passed, 18th June, 1861.
W. N. EDWARDS,
Prest. of Convention,
WALTER L. STEELE, Secretary,
L. C. EDWARDS, Assistant Secretary
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Item citation: From Ordinances and resolutions passed by the State Convention. [Raleigh, N.C.] : Syme & Hall, Printers to the Convention, 1861. VC342.2 1861o, from the North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, UNC Chapel Hill.