the committee on delegates, at an evening session.
Judge Samuel M. Breckenridge
, of St. Louis
, sustained the cause of the Conservatives in a very ingenious argument, while the writer spoke for the Radicals.
The result was very satisfactory to the latter, being, with the exception of one vote for compromise, a unanimous decision in their favor.
That decision was sustained by the convention in its next day's session by a vote of four hundred and forty to four.
Anticipating that the subject would be discussed on the floor of the convention,--which was not the case, however,--I asked a very eloquent St. Louis
lawyer to take my place as chairman of the Radical delegation and conduct the debate on the Radical side.
I then went to three or four Congressmen who were members of the Radical delegation and made the same appeal to each one of them.
I suspected at the time that apprehension that a vote for anybody else would be hissed by Lincoln
's friends, had something to do with their reticence.
I had no such apprehension.
I did not believe there was anybody in that convention who would dare to hiss the name of Grant
had been a candidate before the convention he would have been nominated.
When, as chairman of my delegation, I pronounced his name as Missouri
's choice I remained on my feet for fully a minute while a dead silence prevailed.
Meanwhile all eyes were turned upon me. Then came a clap from a single pair of hands, being the expression of a Missouri delegate.
Others followed, both inside and outside of the delegation,