He had not long before been mixed up in the proceedings that compelled Elijah P. Lovejoy
to leave Missouri
for Alton, Illinois
, where he was murdered by a pro-slavery mob. Gamble
was an able and ambitious man.
The Conservatives, likewise, had the backing of the Federal Administration
— a statement that to a good many people nowadays will be surprising.
There were reasons why such should be the case.
, of Missouri
, who was Attorney-General
's Cabinet, had long been Gamble
's law partner and most intimate friend.
He never was more than nominally a Republican.
Another member of the Cabinet
was Montgomery Blair
, of Maryland
, who had been a resident of Missouri
, and was a brother of General Francis P. Blair, Jr.
, of St. Louis
had been the leader of the Missouri
emancipationists, but had turned against them.
For his face — about there were, at least, two intelligible reasons.
One was that in the quarrel between him and Fremont
the most of his former followers had sided with Fremont
That was enough to sour him against them.
The other was a very natural desire to be solid with the administration at Washington
, which, as elsewhere shown, was not then actively Anti-Slavery.
It did not want the question of slavery agitated, especially in the border slave States.
were a clan as well as a family.
The quarrel of one was the quarrel of all, and the Missouri Radicals
had no more effective antagonist than the old Washington
editor and politician, Francis P. Blair, Sr.
, the family's head, who was so intimate