Clergymen petition the governor for a day of prayer
Petition of Wood County clergymen, November 16, 1860, Executive Papers of Governor John Letcher, Acc. 36787, State Government Records Collection, Record Group 3, Library of Virginia.
Clergymen in eight Valley and western counties signed copies of this printed petition asking Governor John Letcher to declare that November 29, 1860, should "be observed as a day of devout prayer to Almighty God for His blessing upon us as a people." The clergymen who signed the printed petition agreed that "We speak not for ourselves alone, but for many of our fellow-citizens, who will ever loyally pray for a blessing upon you as our Governor, and upon our country as our home." This copy, signed by the clergymen of Parkersburg, in Wood County, was docketed as received in the governor's office on November 16, 1860. The governor did not issue the desired proclamation.