"A government for ourselves"
Excerpt from Arthur Ingraham Boreman's speech accepting the presidency of the Virginia Convention in Wheeling on June 12, 1861. Virgil A. Lewis, ed., How West Virginia Was Made: Proceedings of the First Convention of the People of Northwestern Virginia at Wheeling May 13, 14, and 15, 1861, and the Journal of the Second Convention of the People of Northwestern Virginia at Wheeling, Which Assembled, June 11th, 1861 . . . (Charleston, W.Va.: News-Mail Company, Public Printer, 1909), 81–83.
Arthur Ingraham Boreman, of Parkersburg, in Wood County along the Ohio River, spoke of the bold action that was required when he accepted the presidency of the convention in Wheeling on June 12, 1861. "If you gentlemen, will go with me," he said, "we will take definite, determined and unqualified action as to the course we will pursue. We will take such action as will result in Western Virginia, if not the whole of Virginia, remaining in the Union of our fathers." If only the western part of Virginia could be restored to the Union, then the men of the West, he predicted, would have to create "a government for ourselves."