of politics, but the large majority were earnest Union men, though holding the various shades of opinion then common on the question of slavery.
By long and intimate intercourse, in the joint prosecution of work of the highest philanthropy, such men had learned to respect the sincerity of each other's adverse convictions, and had become the exact exemplars of the many shades of honest, patriotic Unionism so clearly described in 1863 by President Lincoln
in his letter to a delegation of partizans who had not learned that principle of charity which seems to have been born in the great martyr of freedom.
Would that I could do fitting honor to the names of those patriots, nearly all of whom have gone to their rest, including Dr. Elliot
of Washington University. James E. Yeatman
of the Sanitary Commission, still lives to honor his country and the great cause of humanity of which he was the faithful and efficient servant.
I did not meet Hamilton R. Gamble
until after he had become governor.
I shall have occasion to say more of him later.
He was the foremost champion of the Union
cause in Missouri
, and the most abused by those who were loudest in their professions of loyalty.
Of the younger generation, I will mention only one, whose good deeds would otherwise never be known.
While himself absent in the public service, wherein he was most efficient, he made me occupy his delightful residence near Lafayette Park
, and consume all the products of his excellent garden.
We knew each other then only as fellow-workers in the Union
cause, but have been the most devoted friends from that day to this.
The name of that dear friend of mine is Charles Gibson
Among the earliest and most active leaders in the Union
cause in Missouri
, I must not fail to mention the foremost—Frank P. Blair, Jr.
His patriotism and courage were like a calcium light at the head of the Union
column in the dark days and nights of the spring of 1861.