WHEREAS, for centuries men and women have best expressed the thoughts within their inner souls by presenting their sentiments in verse or rhyme; and

WHEREAS, this form of expression has been steadfast in providing inspiration, guidance and peace of soul for individuals everywhere; and

WHEREAS, poets have greatly contributed to the moral uplift and spiritual well-being of many of our own citizens, who through study of the written word--have found new energy and encouragement; and

WHEREAS, Delaware poets have and are making a profound contribution in this very limited field of expression and we should extend laurels to them for their creative genius and understanding:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Thursday, October 15, 1953, as


and I call on our newspapers, churches, schools, libraries, clubs and radio stations to provide displays, stress the reading and study of the works of our Delaware poets, both past and present, in order that we may further benefit from the wisdom of their work.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed, at Dover, this first day of

(Great Seal) October in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-three and of the Independence of the United States the One hundred and seventy-eighth.

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State