CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Thank you for, in the June 16 Sunday Gazette-Mail "Perspective" page, printing a photo of Lincoln's proclamation that affirmed the act of Congress making West Virginia a state. That was 150 years ago today, on June 18, so I am celebrating our Sesquicentennial as I write this.
Lincoln, a learned, lettered and literate lawyer, signed the proclamation on April 20, 1863, stating, "I . . . declare and proclaim that the said act shall take effect and be in force from and after sixty days from the date hereof."
Let's do some arithmetic.
Thirty days hath April. The 20th through the 30th of April is 11 days.
May always has 31 days.
Thirty-one in May, plus 11 in April totals 42.
To arrive at the "60 days" Lincoln declared, one must add 18 days in June.