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25 Of the delegates in attendance on the beginning consultation on June eleven, thirty-four have been there simply because they'd been elected to the legislature: twenty-nine to the home of delegates, and 5 to the senate. now not all of the western counties have been represented. In a few components worry of retaliation from powerful pro-Confederate secessionist teams deterred an individual from attending. The requirement to take an oath of loyalty to the Union on the beginning of the conference ended in at the least one expulsion whilst a delegate refused to swear his allegiance. 26 Wheeling can have been 1000s of miles from Richmond, yet Governor Letcher knew what the conference was once doing. On June 14 he issued a proclamation directed to the inhabitants of northwestern Virginia. After stating that Virginia’s secession from the Union have been authorized via a majority vote and that it was once “the responsibility of excellent voters to yield to the need of the State,” he concluded by way of caution that the “heart that won't beat in unison with Virginia now could be a traitor’s center; the arm that won't strike domestic in her reason now's palsied by way of a coward’s worry. ”27 the second one Wheeling conference started by means of debating even if its objective was once to shape a brand new country executive dependable to the Union to counter the secessionist govt in Richmond or to wreck clear of the previous Dominion altogether. Led by way of Carlile, the delegates agreed to shape a brand new country executive, even if one of many convention’s first orders of industrial used to be to cross a answer thanking the government for the “prompt demeanour during which they've got spoke back to our demand security. ” the most enterprise of the conference quickly turned to prepare the govt. of Federal Virginia, because the delegates believed the activities taken in Richmond opposed to the Union have been unlawful. If Letcher had harbored any actual hopes of dissuading the Wheeling conference from its paintings along with his proclamation, he used to be disillusioned. On June 17 the delegates in Wheeling answered by means of approving a statement of the folk of Virginia that proclaimed that the Virginia conference that had met in Richmond in February had abused the powers entrusted to it and exercised different powers that “will necessarily topic [the humans of Virginia] to an army despotism. ” The statement went directly to country that the acts of the sooner Virginia conference that tended “to separate this Commonwealth from the U.S., or to levy and keep on battle opposed to them, are with no authority and void. ” It concluded through mentioning vacant the places of work of any country officers who adhered to the Virginia Convention’s activities, thereby clearing find out how to shape a brand new country executive in Wheeling. The vote at the statement was once fifty-six for and none adverse. Carlile took the chance so as to add symbolism to the development through reminding the delegates that there have been fifty-six signers to the statement of Independence. His comments introduced “great applause and feeling” to the instant. 28 On June 19 the conference enacted an ordinance that declared all nation workplaces vacant and demonstrated a Reorganized executive of Virginia at Wheeling that remained unswerving to the Union.