ech of Charles D. Drake, delivered at the city of Louisiana, Mo., July 4, 1861.
Fellow-citizens:--Honored by your invitatinhabit, but of those United States, to the Union of which Missouri owes her existence as an American State, and from the Uniint is fatal.
It is poisoning the minds of multitudes in Missouri, as it has already poisoned those of millions in the insu who was once a citizen of Florida, but removed thence to Missouri, where he has since resided, may now be called back by Flhe Territories against themselves forever.
The duty of Missouri.
My friends, time does not permit my following any fur where they are to be led. Let him who is willing to make Missouri the unwelcome appendage of a Confederacy founded on the p it can be done.
I will not discuss the question whether Missouri--to use a common expression — ought to go North, or go South.
Missouri has no going to do. Her duty is to stand loyal to the Union and the Constitution.
The National Government ha