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“When the first Constitution of Mississippi was formed and put into operation, in the forty- second year of the Independence of the United States of America, those who were then endeavoring to increase the population and wealth of the Mississippi Territory and charged with the delicate and responsible duty of passing from a Territorial to that of a State government, were not unmindful of the blessings of liberty guaranteed by our system of government founded upon the will of the people. and to be administered for their benefit.
The struggle for liberty was fresh in the minds and hearts of those who formed the first organic law in this State, seventy-four years ago and the admirable system securing to all citizens the full enjoyment of every privilege which had been maintained for forty-two years by the general government had commended itself to an enlightened world It is not strange therefore that the men to whom were committed the destinies of the Mississippi Territory in 1817, were gratified to participate in all the rights and to assume all the obligations and duties as citizens of the American Union.” (Source: A History of Mississippi: From the Discovery of the Great River by Hernando to the Daeth of Jefferson Davis, Robert Lowry, William H. McCardle, pp. 240-241)