o the Legislature, he insisted that Missouri should stand by its sister Slave-labor States in whatever course they might pursue at that crisis.
He recommended the calling of a State Convention to consider Federal relations; and on the 16th,
January, 1861. the Legislature responded by authorizing one, decreeing, however, that its action on the subject of secession should be submitted to the vote of the people.
The election resulted in the choice of a large majority of Union delegates
Claibocution of John Brown,
See page 114. added intensity to the flame of passion — of hatred and disgust of New Englanders — in all the region below the Potomac and the Ohio, and far away to the Rio Grande.
It was evident at the beginning of January, 1861, that the contagion of secession was spreading too rapidly, and was too malignant in its character, to be arrested either by moral suasion or by compromises and concessions.
The time had arrived for courageous, conscientious, and manly actio