How West Virginia Was Made Proceedings of the First Convention 1909 Hard Cover

How West Virginia Was Made Proceedings of the First Convention 1909 Hard Cover

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How West Virginia Was Made Proceedings of the First Convention 1909 Hard Cover
 
How West Virginia Was Made Proceedings of the First Convention 1909 HC
Proceedings of the First Convention of the People of Northwestern Virginia at Wheeling May 13, 14 and 15 1861
AND THE
Journal of the Second Convention of the People of Northwestern Virginia at Wheeling
With Appendixes and an Introduction, Annotations and Addenda by Virgil A Lewis
Hard Cover
1909
337 Pages
Contents
Forty-eight years have come and gone since the two Conventions of the people of Northwestern Virginia assembled at Wheeling in the year 1861, and yet their proceedings were never printed in book form. The Secretaries of the First Convention, were Judge Gibson Lamb Cranmer, of Ohio County ; Charles B. Waggener, of Mason County ; and Marshall M. Dent, of Monon-galia County. Judge Cranmer was the Secretary of the Second Convention, and was the custodian of the manuscript proceedings, journals, and other documents of these Conventions. What became of this manuscript material? Judge Cranmer died several years since. Hon. Granville D. Hall, who was the stenographic reporter of the proceedings of both these Conventions for the Daily Intelligencer of Wheeling, and who is still living, and residing at Glencoe, Illinois, had some correspondence with Judge Cranmer in 1899, concerning the manuscript material of these Conventions, and he has kindly furnished us with the following extracts from letters which he received from Judge Cranmer, whose home was on Wheeling Island. Under date of March 28, 1899, he said :
"During the flood of 1884, as you are doubtless aware, I lost my manuscripts (which were voluminous,) since when, I have lost courage in attempting to duplicate them to any extent."
Under date of December 4, 1899, he said :
"As you are probably aware, the manuscript I had prepared concerning the re-organization of Virginia, was destroyed in the flood of 1884, together with my data: and since then I have not undertaken to re-write it."
Under date of December 28, 1899, he said:
"I am not sure whether or not, I have informed you of the disposition of the papers referred to in your letter of December 4th. Under the instructions of the Governor at that time, I shipped all papers and documents in my possession, as secretary, to Alexandria, Va., at the time when the seat of government of the re-organized Government of Virginia was removed to that city."

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