We know our rights and dare maintain them
Excerpts from an address "To the People of North Western Virginia," Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, 21 May 1861.
A committee appointed by the convention that met in Wheeling from May 13 to May 15, 1861, issued an address to the people of northwestern Virginia advising them to vote against ratifying the Ordinance of Secession at the referendum on May 23. John Snyder Carlile, of Clarksburg, who had opposed secession in Richmond during the spring and issued the call for the Wheeling Convention, was the chairman and draftsman of the committee. He wrote, "We will, in the strength of our cause, resolutely and determinedly stand by our rights and our liberties secured to us by the struggles of our Revolutionary Fathers, and the authors of the Constitution under which we have grown and prospered beyond all precedent in the world's history."