doubtless conflict with that submitted by his Excellency
Nevertheless the governor finally consented to withdraw his resignation.
The convention at length passed an ordinance providing for the gradual extinction of slavery in the State
, and adjourned.
The feeling of bitterness between the opposing factions rather increased than diminished during its session.
The following letter to my friend Mr. Williams
, which was published in the New York and St. Louis
papers with my consent, made sufficiently clear the views I then entertained upon the slavery question, and left no reasonable ground for any emancipationist to quarrel with me on that subject, however much he may have been dissatisfied with the action of the convention,—just as my letter of June 1 to the President
left him no room for doubt—if, indeed, he had entertained any before—upon the question then deemed so important: