January 22, 1863
A PROCLAMATION BY THE NEW STATE COMMISSIONERS.
WHEREAS by the Schedule annexed to the Constitution of West Virginia, the Commissioners therein named have power to reconvene the Convention which prepared and proposed the said Constitution: AND WHEREAS, The said Commissioners, if they determine to reconvene the said Convention, are required to take the necessary steps to secure a representation therein, from the counties proposed to be included in the said State, not heretofore represented, and to fill all the vacancies that have occurred:
Now, therefore, the undersigned Commissioners, deeming it necessary to reconvene the said Convention, to take into consideration the Act of Congress, entitled “An Act for the admission of the State of West Virginia into the Union, and for other purposes,” approved December 31, 1862, do by this, our Proclamation, reconvene the said Convention to meet at the Custom House in the City of Wheeling, on Thursday, the 12th day of February next, and do order and direct that elections of Delegates to the said Convention be held under and according to the laws of the State of Virginia, on Thursday the fifth day of February next, in the following counties not heretofore represented that is to say: the counties of Greenbrier and Monroe shall each elect two Delegates and the counties of Morgan, Pendleton and Pocahontas shall each elect one Delegate; and that at the same time and in like manner, elections be held to fill vacancies which have occurred in the representation in the said Convention, that is to say: the county of Ohio shall elect one Delegate in place of Gordon Battelle, deceased: the county of Marion shall elect one Delegate in place of Hiram Haymond, removed from the State; the county of Mason one Delegate in place of John Hall, resigned, and the County of Kanawha one Delegate in place of James H. Brown, resigned; and that the results of the elections, in the several counties named, be certified to the undersigned Commissioners at the city of Wheeling.
Given under our hands at the city of Wheeling, this fourteenth day of January, 1863
JAMES W. PAXTON,
P. G. VAN WINKLE,
E. H. CALDWELL,
EPHRAIM B. HALL,
All the papers within the limits of the new State will publish the above until day of election and send bills to the Commissioners.
Timeline of West Virginia: Civil War and Statehood: January 1863