"Remain true to the Union"
Excerpt from an address "To the People of North Western Virginia," May 22, 1861, Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, May 27, 1861.
On May 22, 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 that called on them to select delegates to a second convention that would restore Virginia to the Union. 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. Believing that the statewide referendum on May 23 would ratify the Ordinance of Secession, the committee members also informed the public, "it will be the duty of the people of North Western Virginia, to provide, in the lawful and constitutional mode, for the exercise of those Executive and Legislative functions of our State government, which have been entrusted to those who are faithless and disloyal, and thus save ourselves from that anarchy which so imminently threatens us." The second Wheeling Convention met on June 11.