Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Attorney-General Bates” in chapter 1 of Col. Robert White, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 2.2, West Virginia:

...nia was at first voted down in the Senate. The proposition to form a new State, to bear the name of Kanawha, was, however, already very strong, and a convention was called to carry out this plan. Attorney-General Bates , of Lincoln's cabinet, in a letter to a member of the convention, strongly opposed it, declaring that the formation of a new State out of western Virginia is an original, independent act of revolutio...

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