the radical leaders short of the overthrow of the existing State government; that a reconciliation of the quarrel between the ‘pestilent factions’1
, so much desired by Mr. Lincoln
, was exactly what the radicals did not want and would not have.
Satisfied of this and disgusted with the abuse heaped upon him by men who owed him warm and honest support, Governor Gamble
tendered his resignation to the convention, then in session.
His resignation was not accepted, and by a ‘majority of the convention and multitudes of private citizens’ he was requested to withdraw it. In this request I united, for I could see no possibility of improvement under any governor that the convention—a very conservative body—might elect, while the result might be confusion worse confounded.
The governor submitted to me the following letter including conditions upon which he would consent to continue in office: