such odium upon them, and now begin to realize the necessity of sustaining me in enforcing the laws.
Whatever may be the result of the pending election, I believe the most serious danger is already past.
I shall not fail to exercise great forbearance in enforcing restrictions upon speech and the press.
I have enforced my order in only one case, and that so clear that the offender fully confessed and asked pardon on any terms.
It will not probably be necessary for me to exercise any control over the press hereafter.
Your accurate appreciation of the real difficulty here, and the strong and generous manner in which you have sustained me, will do more good in Missouri than to have doubled the troops under my command.
This I hope soon to show you by sending additional forces to the front.
With the above letter to the President
I inclosed the following:
The following was written by me, November 1, 1863, to Mr. James L. Thomas
of St. Louis
, in answer to what was understood to be an attempt to obtain some expression of partizan preference as between the ‘pestilent factions’:
In reply to your letter of Oct. 30th, I will state that in some important particulars you entirely misapprehended my remarks