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In 1861, Delaware received this copy of Virginia’s repeal of the United States Constitution.
The Delaware Legislature of 1861 made the statement to Georgia that “as Delaware was the first to adopt, so will she be the last to abandon the Federal Constitution.” Governor Burton had deep conflicts and knew that his state had strong southern sympathies. He did not believe in seceding from the Union, but thought he should wait to see what the other border state would do.
This letter is part of the Executive Papers collection which date from 1776 to 1900. This collection includes files from the Governor’s office on finances, the military, commissions and petitions. The collection also includes records of activities of the state’s chief executive and appointed and elected cabinet officials.