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The Daily Dispatch: August 24, 1861., [Electronic resource], Attorney General Bates to the bogus Convention. (search)
Attorney General Bates to the bogus Convention. --A letter from Mr. Bates to Mr. A. F. Ritchie, of Marion county, was read in the Wheeling Convention on Thursday last. It was in answer to an inquiry as to the propriety of forming a new State in the Western part of Virginia. Mr. Bates say: The formation of a new StateMr. Bates to Mr. A. F. Ritchie, of Marion county, was read in the Wheeling Convention on Thursday last. It was in answer to an inquiry as to the propriety of forming a new State in the Western part of Virginia. Mr. Bates say: The formation of a new State out of Western Virginia is an original, independent act of revolution I do not dany the power of revolution. (I do not call it right — for it is never prescribed, it exists in force only, and has and can have no law but the will of the revolutionist.) Any attempt to carry it out involves a plain breach of both the Constitutions —Mr. Bates say: The formation of a new State out of Western Virginia is an original, independent act of revolution I do not dany the power of revolution. (I do not call it right — for it is never prescribed, it exists in force only, and has and can have no law but the will of the revolutionist.) Any attempt to carry it out involves a plain breach of both the Constitutions — of Virginia and the nation. And honor it is plain that you cannot take that course without weakening if not destroying, your claims upon the sympathy and support of the General Government; and without disconcerting the plan already adopted both by Virginia and the General Government, for the re-organization of the revolted State