"There is no affinity between Eastern and Western Virginia"
Extract from an editorial in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, December 25, 1860.
Responding to a recent article in another newspaper about the possible effects of secession on Virginia, Archibald W. Campbell, editor of the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, made a case for separating the western counties of Virginia from the rest of the state. One grievance against the East that he mentioned was the clause on taxation in the Constitution of 1851. It placed a limit on the taxable value of slaves that worked to the interest of eastern slaveowners but provided no limitations on the taxable value of any other property. This was especially unpopular in the western counties where there were comparatively few slaves. "We have been treated and regarded as a separate people," Campbell proclaimed. "And such indeed we are. There is no affinity between Eastern and Western Virginia. There never was, and while geography and climate holds sway there never can be."