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8. Ordinances Adopted by the Second Convention of the People of

Northwestern Virginia, assembled June 11, 1861.

9. Journal of the Regular Session of the Constitutional Convention

assembled at Wheeling, Nov. 26, 1861.

10. Journal and Proceedings of the Called Session of the Constitu-

tional Convention, reassembled February 12, 1863.

11. Thirteen hundred and sixty-five Autograph Letters of the official

Correspondence of the Restored Government for the year
1862.

12. The Address in Pamphlet form of Governor Pierpont to President

Lincoln, on the Abuses of the Military Power in the
Command of General Butler in Virginia.

13. All the Messages of Governor Pierpont to the General Assembly

of the Restored Government, 1861, to 1865.

14. Reports of the Auditor of State under the Restored Government,

for October 1, 1861, and for November 1862.

15. Constitution of Virginia and Ordinances Adopted by the Conven-

tion assembled under the Restored Government at Alex-
andria February 13, 1864.



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16. An Address of the Delegates composing the New State Consti

tutional Convention, to their Constituents, adopted Feb-
ruary 18, 18G3.

17. Acts of the General Assembly under the Restored Government,

Session beginning July 1, 1861, at Wheeling.

18. Session Acts of the General Assembly under the Restored Gov-

ernment, Session beginning December 2, 1862, at Wheel-
ing.

19. Session Acts of the General Assembly under the Restored Gov-

ernment, Session beginning December 4, 1862.

20. Journal of the Senate under the Restored Government, Session

beginning December 2, 1861.

21. Journal of the Senate under the Restored Government, Session

beginning December 4, 1862.

22. Journal of the Senate under the Restored Government. Con-

vened at Richmond, June 19, 1865.

23. Journal of the House of Delegates under the Restored Govern-

ment, Session beginning December 2, 1861

24. Journal of the House of Delegates under the Restored Govern-

- ment, Session beginning December 4. 1862.

25. Journal of the House of Delegates under the Restored Govern-

ment. Convened at Richmond June 19, 1865.

26. Address of Hon. John S. Carlile to the People of Harrison county,

West "Virginia, urging them to assemble in defense of the
Union. Dated January 16, 1861.

There are other valuable Public Documents relating to this Period
which as yet have not been secured for the Department, but no
effort is being spared to find and get them for it.

A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE JOURNALS AND PUBLIC DOCU-
MENTS OF WEST VIRGINIA, WHICH HAVE BEEN
ISSUED SINCE THE FORMATION OF THE

STATE.

The Public Documents of West Virginia include all the publica-
tions of the State. They embrace the Journals of the Senate, and
tlmse of the House of Delegates; the Messages of the Governors;
etc., the Reports of all elective State Officials, as the Auditor,
Treasurer, State Superintendent of Free Schools, Attorney-Gen-
eral, and Secretary of State; of all appointive State Officials, as
the Adjutant-General, Commissioner of Immigration, Commissioner
of Labor, Commissioner of Banking, Chief Mine Inspector, Ta :
Commissioner, State Historian and. Archivist, Fish and Game "War-
den, and the State Librarian ; of the Boards of Directors of the
Penitentiary, the Boys' Reform School, the Industrial Home for
Girls, the West Virginia. Asylum, of Miner's Hospital No. 1, of



14 Archives and History. [W. Va.

Miners' Hospital No. 2, and of Miners' Hospital No. 3; of Boards
of Regents, as those of the West Virginia University, the Pre-
paratory Branch of the University at Montgomery, the Preparatory
Branch of the University at Keyser, of the State Normal School
and its Branches, of the Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, of
the West Virginia Colored Institute, and of the. Bluefield Colored
Institute ; of the Humane Society, and of the Trustees of the Point
Pleasant Battle Monument; of the State Board of Agriculture,
the State Board of Health, the State Board of Embalmers, the
Board of Dental Examiners, the Commissioners of Pharmacy, the
State Geological and Economic Survey; together with mumbers of
miscellaneous documents relating to State Boundaries, Railroads,
Mineral Springs, the Board of Public Works, Impeachment Trials
State Exhibits at World's Fairs. Legislative Investigating Commit-
tees, Virginia Debt Material, etc. etc.

Public Documents are the materials for the historian. Without
such a collection he. however much inclined, can never do justice
to a State. Nor without them, can its people ever have an accurate
knowledge of the founding and growth of their institutions ; nor of
their own development in governmental affairs, educational and
other interests. Not only this, but posterity can not have the means
of judging, as it might, of the deeds, and principles of action, and
of the legislation of ancestors. Thus the State that neglects to pre-
serve its Public Documents, loses much to future generations — to
the whole world indeed.

Fortunate is the State that possesses a complete collection of its
Public Documents ! Sometimes war, at other times fire, but more
frequently the carelessness and thoughtlessness of persons filling
public offices, have made sad havoc among them. But, fortunate in
this respect has been West Virginia — thanks to its Department of
Archives and History. It has been from the beginning, a leading
object to make its rooms a great depository for the States'
Archives — State Papers and Public Documents— a Department in-
trusted w r ith the collection and preservation of whatever may
serve in the future to illustrate the life of the people of the State.
When it began its work of rescue and preservation, the State had
existed for more than forty years, and no collection of its Public
Documents were anywhere extant. Since then the Documents of the
Old Mother State, of the Restored Government of Virginia, and
those of West Virginia have been collected from far and wide,
and constitute the richest collection in the Department. How well



1908] Messages and Public Documents. 15

this work has been, and is being done, is left to those most interested
in it to say. Almost every other American State has carefully col-
lected and catalogued its Public Documents. The following is the
result of the first attempt to make a classified list of the Public
Documents of West Virginia, nearly all of those so listed, being in
the Department Library.

documents relating to the beginning of the state.

1. Resolutions adopted by the First Convention of the People of North-

western Virginia — First Wheeling Convention — which assembled
at Wheeling May 13, 1861.

2. An Address of the Central Committee of the First Convention of the

people of Northwestern Virginia — First Wheeling Convention —
assembled at Wheeling May 13, 1861, as required by the Four-
teenth Resolution of that body.

3. Ordinances and Proceedings of the Second Convention of the People of

Northwestern Virginia — the Second Wheeling Convention — which
Restored the Government of Virginia, and took the necessary
action leading to the formation of West Virginia.

4. Report of the Executive Committee of the Constitutional Convention

to the first Legislature of West Virginia — June 20, 1863 — detailing
the steps taken by said Committee to secure the admission of
West Virginia into the Union.

5. Report of the Committee of the first Legislature of West Virginia —

1863 — on Executive offices as to the date of the beginning of the
same.

6. Report of the House Committee on the Judiciary on the Second Sec-

tion of an Ordinance of the Constitutional Convention entitled
"An Ordinance to Provide for the Organization of the State,"
adopted February 19, 1863. Defines time when terms of office of
all first State officials began.

7. Report of the Joint Committee on State Seals and Coat-of-Arms —

September 26, 1863.
S. Correspondence between Francis H. Pierpont, Governor of Virginia
under the Restored Government, and Arthur I. Boreman, first
Governor of West Virginia, in July, 1863, in relation to the Books
and Funds of the Restored Government being left with the new
West Virginia Government.

MESSAGES AND DOCUMENTS.**

Under the laws of West Virginia all Reports of State officials.



**It should be remembered that under the first Constitution — 1863 to 1872 — all
State officials were elected for a term of two years, beginning March 4th. in odd
years : and the Legislature held Annual Sessions, beginning on the third Tuesday
in January. "Reports" of State officials received by the Governor for the fiscal
year ending September SO. 1872, were "Last Annuals." Under the Second Consti-
tution, ratified in 1872, and in force since that date, all State officials are elected
for four years, beginning March 4th. in odd years; and the Legislature holds biennial
sessions, beginning on the second Wednesday in January, in odd years. All "Re-
ports" of State officials received by the Governor for the biennial period ending
September 30, 1874. were "First Biennials."



16 Archives and History. [W. Va.



whether elective or appointive, together with those of Regents,
Directors or other Boards, must be put in the hands of the Governor
at the close of the period for which they are made ; he causes them
to be printed separately for the use of the ensuing Legislature.
Twenty-seven hundred copies of each may be printed, of which
number twenty-four hundred are bound separately for distribution.
The remaining three hundred copies are laid by until after the
adjournment of the Legislature, when, together with the last mes-
sage of the Governor to the Legislature, they are bound in volumes
designated as "Messages and Documents." There w re, of course,
no documents presented to the first Session of the Legislature —
that which convened June 20, 1863. The Public Documents — some
of them, such as have been preserved — of the Sessions of 1864 and
1865, — were printed in the Journals of the two Houses. In 1866,
Governor Boreman caused a small octavo volume of Documents to
be printed. Public Documents of the years 1867, 1868 and 1869
were printed as appendixes to the House Journals of these years.
In all the years from 1869 to 1893 inclusive, the Public Documents
were printed in a single volume for each Session. For the Sessions
of 1895, 1897 and 1899, the Public Documents were printed in two
volumes for each Session. For the Sessions of 1901 and 1903, they
were printed in sets of three volumes each. And those for the years
1905 and 1907, in sets of four volumes each. This Department has
all volumes ever issued except that for the Session of 1871 and for
that of 1879. It is hoped that these volumes may soon be in its
possession.

MESSAGES OF WEST VIRGINIA'S GOVERNORS TO THE LEGISLATURE OF

THE STATE.

No State can have in its archives more valuable documents than
the Messages of its chief Executives sent to its Legislative body.
These productions are carefully prepared by intelligent men who
are well informed as to the conditions of the State at the time oC
which they write. This Department, has copies of all the messages
which have been sent by West Virginia Governors to the Legisla-
ture of the State. These are as follows: —

First Message of Arthur Ingram Boreman June 20, 18G3.

Second Message of Arthur Ingram Boreman January 19, 1864.

Third Message of Arthur Ingram Boreman.. January 17, 1865.

Fourth Message of Arthur Ingram Boreman January 16, 1866.

Fifth Message of Arthur Ingram Boreman January 15, 1867.

Sixth Message of Arthur Ingram Boreman January 15, 1868.




A West Virginia Girl at the Court of France.
Elizabeth, daughter of Dr. Joseph Spencer, was born September 27,
17S8; grew to womanhood near Vienna, Wood County, West Virginia;
became the wife of General Lewis Cass in 180G; and accompanied him to
Detroit, where he was Governor of Michigan Territory; was a "Cabinet
lady" while her husband was Secretary of War, 1832 to 183G; was with
him in Paris while he was United States Minister, at the Court of France,
and afterward accompanied him in his oriental travels. She died at De-
troit, March 31, 1853. From a painting by General David H. Strother,
(1842) of Martinsburg, West Virgina,



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Seventh. Message of Arthur Ingram Boreman January 19, 18C9.

First Message of William Erskine Stevenson January is, 1870.

Second Message of William Erskine Stevenson January 17, 1871.

First Message of John Jeremiah Jacob January 10, 1872.

Second Message of John Jeremiah Jacob November 19, 1872.

Third Message of John Jeremiah Jacob October 20, 1873.

Fourth Message of John Jeremiah Jacob January 13, 1875.

Fifth Message of John Jeremiah Jacob November 10, 1875.

Sixth Message of John Jeremiah Jacob January 10, 1877.

First Message of Henry Mason Mathews January 8, 1879.

Second Message of Henry Mason Mathews January 12. 1881,

First Message of Jacob Beeson Jackson January 11. 1882.

Second Message of Jacob Beeson Jackson January 10, 1 883.

Third Message of Jacob Beeson Jackson January 15, 1885.

First Message of Emanuel Willis Wilson January 12, 1887.

Second Message of Emanuel Willis Wilson April 20, 1887.

Third Message of Emanuel Willis Wilson January 9, 1889.

Fourth Message of Emanuel Willis Wilson January 15, 1890.

First Message of Aretus Brooks Fleming January 10, 1891.

Second Message of Aretus Brooks Fleming January 11, 1893.

First Message of William Alexander MacCorkle January 9, 1895.

Second Message of William Alexander MacCorkle January 14, 1897.

First Message of George Wesley Atkinson January 9, 1899.

Second Message of George Wesley Atkinson .January 9, 1901.

First Message of Albert Blakesley White January 14, 1903.

Second Message of Albert Blakesley White January 20, 1904.

Third Message of Albert Blakesley White January 12, 1905.

First Message of William M. O. Dawson January 10, 1907.

Second Message of William M. O. Dawson (Special) . .January 17, 1907.
Third Message of William M. O. Dawson January 28, 1908.

fin addition to the messages enumerated here nearly nil .a' (he Governors have
sent to the Legislatures "Special Messages" on special subjects; these, while not
listed here are all in this Department.)

JOURNALS OF THE STATE SENATE.

(axxual si:ssioxs.)

Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning June 20, 1803.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 19, 1804.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 17, 1805.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 10, 1800.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 15, 1807.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 21, 1808.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 19. 1809.



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Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January IS, 1870.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 17, 1871.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 16, 1872.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 19, 1872-3.

(biennial sessions.)

Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 13, 1875.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 10, 1S77.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 8, 1879.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 12, 1881.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 10, 1883.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 11, 1885.
Journal of the Senate. for the Session beginning January 12, 1887.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 9, 1889.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 14, 1891.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 11, 1893.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 9, 1895.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 13, 1S97.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 11, 1899.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 9, 1901.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 14, 1903.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 11, 1905.
Journal of the Senate for the Session beginning January 9, 1907.



Note — Journals of the Senate for the extra sessions of 1808 and of 1SS7. are
also in the collection of the Department.

JOURNALS OF THE HOUSE OF DELEGATE'S.
(annual sessions.)

Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning June 20, 1863.
Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 19, 18G4.
Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 17, 18G5.
Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 16, 1866.
Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 15, 1867.
Journal of the House of Delegates' for Session beginning January 21, 1868.
Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 19, 1869.
Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 18, 1870.
Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 17, 1871.
Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 16, 1872.
Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning Novem. 19, 1872-3.

(biennial sessions.)

Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 13, 1875.
Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 10, 1877.
Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 8, 1879.
Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 12, 1881.
Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 10, 1883.
Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 11, 1885.
Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 12, 1887.



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Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 9, 1889.

Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 14, 1891.

Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 11, 1893.

Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 9, 1895.

Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 13, 1897.

Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 11, 1899.

Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 9, 1901.

Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 14, 1903.

Journal of the' House of Delegates for Session beginning January 11, 1905.

Journal of the House of Delegates for Session beginning January 9, 1907.



Note — Journals of the House of Delegates for the extra sessions of 1868 and of
1S87, are also in the collection of the Department.

MANUALS, WITH RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE TWO BRANCH-
ES OF THE LEGISLATURE, WITH CIVIL LISTS AND
REPRESENTATION IN CONGRESS.

(for annual sessions.)

For First Annual Session June, 18G3.

For Second Annual Session January, 18G4.

For Third Annual Session January, 18P5.

Four Fourth Annual Session January, 1866.

For Fifth Annual Session January, 1867.

For Sixth Annual Session January, 1868.

For Seventh Annual Session January, 1869.

For Eighth Annual Session January, 1870.

For Ninth Annual Session January, 1871.

For Tenth Annual Session January, 1872.

For Eleventh Annual Session November, 1872-73.

(for biennial sessions.)

For First Biennial Session January, 1875.

For Second Biennial Session January, 1877.

For Third Biennial Session January, 1879.

For Fourth Biennial Session January, 1881.

For Fifth Biennial Session January, 1883.

For Sixth Biennial Session January, 1885.

For Seventh Biennial Session January, 1887..

For Eighth Biennial Session January, 1889.

For Ninth Biennial Session January, 1891.

For Tenth Biennial Session January, 1893.

For Eleventh Biennial Session January, 1895.

For Twelfth Biennial Session January, 1897.

For Thirteenth Biennial Session January, 1899.

For Fourteenth Biennial Session January, 1901.

For Fifteenth Biennial Session January, 1903.

For Sixteenth Biennial Session January, 1905.

For Seventeenth Biennial Session January, 1907.



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REPORTS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS OF THE AUDITOR OF STATE.

Report of a Committee composed of Samuel P. Hildreth, Lucian A. Ha-
gans and Dr. Lewis W. Webb, on the Condition of the Auditor's Office,
of the New State of West Virginia, July 14, 1863.

Report of the Auditor, Samuel Crane, made November 1, 1863, exhibiting
the amount of money received into the Treasury for "Literary Pur-
poses" and deposited therein on the day that West Virginia became
a member of the Union.

Preliminary Report of the Auditor of State showing condition of his office,
November 8, 1863.

(annual reports.)

First Annual Report of the Auditor; dated January 14, 1864.
Second Annual Report of the Auditor; dated December 13, 1865.
Third Annual Report of the Auditor; dated December 13, 1866.
Fourth Annual Report of the Auditor; dated December 20, 1867.
Fifth Annual Report of the Auditor; dated December 1, 1868.

Sixth Annual Report of the Auditor; dated , — , 1869.

Seventh Annual Report of the Auditor; dated November 26, 1870.

Eighth Annual Report of the Auditor; dated , — , 1871.

Ninth Annual Report of the Auditor; dated November 15, 1872.

(biennial reports.)

First Biennial Report of the Auditor for the Fiscal years 1873 and 1874.
Second Biennial Report of the Auditor for the Fiscal years 1S75 and 1876.
Third Biennial Report of the Auditor for the Fiscals- years 1877 and 1S7S.
Fourth Biennial Report of the Auditor for the Fiscal years 1879 and 1S80.
Fifth Biennial Report of the Auditor for the Fiscal years 1881 and 1882.
Sixth Biennial Report of the Auditor for the Fiscal years 1883 and 1SS4.
Seventh Biennial Report of the Auditor for the Fiscal years 1885 and 1886.
Eighth Biennial Report of the Auditor for the Fiscal years 1887 and 18S8.
Ninth Biennial Report of the Auditor for the Fiscal years 1889 and 1890.
Tenth Biennial Report of the Auditor for the Fiscal years 1891 and 1892.
Eleventh Biennial Report of the Auditor for the Fiscal years 1893 and 1894.
Twelfth Biennial Report of the Auditor for the Fiscal years 1895 and 1896.
Thirteenth Biennial Report of the Auditor tor the Fiscal years 1897 and

189S.
Fourteenth Biennial Report of the Auditor for the Fiscal years 1899 and

1900.
Fifteenth Biennial Report of the Auditor for the Fiscal years 1901 and

1902.
Sixteenth Biennial Report of the Auditor for the Fiscals years 1903 and

1904.
Seventeenth Biennial Report of the Auditor for the Fiscal years 1905 and

1906.



Note — In addition to the foregoing the Department is in possession of a num-
ber of special' reports and statutes issued from the Auditor's offices at various
times, chief among them being a "Statement Showing Values of Lands. Lots and
Buildings by Years and Counties from 1860 to 1866." Issued January -11. 1867.



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REPORTS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS OF THE TREASURER OF STATE.

(annual reports.)

First Annual Report of the Treasurer; dated January 20, 1864.
Second Annual Report of the Treasurer; dated January 20, 1865.
Third Annual Report of the Treasurer; dated October 1, 1866.
Fourth Annual Report of the Treasurer; dated October 1, 1867.
Fifth Annual Report of the Treasurer; dated October 1, 1868.
Sixth Annual Report of the Treasurer; dated October 1, 1869.
Seventh Annual Report of the Treasurer; dated October 1, 1870.
Eighth Annual Report of the Treasurer; dated October 1, 1871.
Ninth Annual Report of the Treasurer; dated October 1, 1872.

(biennial rp:ports.)

First Biennial Report of the Treasurer for the Fiscal years 1873 and 1871.
Second Biennial Report of the Treasurer for the Fiscal years 1875 and 1876.
Third Biennial Report of the Treasurer for the Fiscal years 1877 and 1878.
Fourth Biennial Report of the Treasurer for the Fiscal years 1879 and 1880.
Fifth Biennial Report of the Treasurer for the Fiscal years 1881 and 1882.
Sixth Biennial Report of the Treasurer for the Fiscal years 1883 and 1884.
Seventh Biennial Report of the Treasurer for the Fiscal years 1885 and

1886.
Eighth Biennial Report of the Treasurer for the Fiscal years 1887 and 1888.
Ninth Biennial Report of the Treasurer for the Fiscal years 1889 and 1890.
Tenth Biennial Report of the Treasurer for the Fiscal years 1891 and 1892.
Eleventh Biennial Report of the Treasurer for the Fiscal years 1893 and

1894.
Twelfth Biennial Report of the Treasurer for the Fiscal years 1895 and

1896.
Thirteenth Biennial Report of the Treasurer for the Fiscal years 1897 and



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