WHEREAS, The 1940 United States Censuses of Population, Housing and Agriculture will be taken simultaneously during the month of April, and

WHEREAS, The number of members which Delaware is apportioned in the House of Representatives at Washington may be affected by this Census, and

WHEREAS, This state and its various communities will be judged from the census records, more than anything else, by prospective citizens, industries and business enterprises seeking new locations, and

WHEREAS, The Census is one of the oldest and most basic activities of the Federal Government,. having been provided for in the United States Constitution and having been taken every decade since 1790, and

WHEREAS, The 1940 Census is in a position to furnish accurate measurements of the economic and social changes resulting from the stresses and strains of the decade now closing:

The law creating the Census stipulates that facts given by any individual may be used only in the compilation of general statistics, and must be kept confidential. These facts may not be used to the detriment of any individual. They may not be examined by other agencies of government for purposes of taxation, or the enforcement of any law, or compulsory school attendance, or military or jury service, or the regulation of immigration, or any other purpose involving the individual. Every census worker is prohibited, under heavy penalty, from disclosing this information.

I, therefore, proclaim that it is in the public interest for every person in Delaware to answer, fully and accurately, the official questions addressed to him by the census-taker.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be affixed at Dover, this twenty-third clay of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and sixty-fourth.


By the Governor:


JOSIAH MARVEL, JR., Secretary of State.