increasing until there was quite a demonstration.
When the clamor had subsided I made the next move according to the programme agreed upon, and the incident was closed.
And here it can do no harm to state that General Grant
knew that he was to receive the vote of the Missouri Radicals
if they were admitted to the convention — the newspapers having generally published the fact-and did not decline the intended compliment.
lived in Missouri
for a considerable period, married there, and was on most friendly terms with the Radical leaders, many of whom he generously remembered when he got to be President
For their action in voting for Grant
, the Missouri Radical
delegates were sharply criticised at the time, on the alleged ground that they secured admission to the convention from Lincoln
's supporters by concealing the fact-or at least not revealing it-that they intended to vote for somebody else.
The fact, however, is that there was not a person in the convention who did not from the first understand where they stood, and exactly what they intended to do. Their Conservative contestants had distributed a leaflet, intended as an appeal to the Lincoln
men, setting forth the instructions to both delegations.
Instead of the openly avowed opposition of the Radicals to Mr. Lincoln
's nomination being an impediment in their way, it strengthened them with the convention, which, notwithstanding its seeming harmony in his support, contained many delegates who would very much have preferred nominating somebody else; but who, for lack of organized opposition, were compelled to vote for him. A sufficient