July 12, 1866: I guess they don’t like the Radicals

The Cape Girardeau Argus seems to be having some trouble filling its column inches, to judge from the amount of bombast stuffed into this item. Shorter version: “The Conservatives held a convention in St. Louis on July 3 and 4, and they hate the radicals and plan to to try to defeat them in November. We’ll print their statement as soon as we can get hold of it.”

Conservative State Convention.

The immense assemblage of the wise and the learned, the great and the good, the pride, the strength and the wealth of our State, which crowded the Mercantile Library Hall of St. Louis on the 3d and 4th days of July last, has given us a bright view into the horoscope of the political future, and shown us that the sun of Liberty is dawning on a clear, unclouded sky upon oppressed and down trodden Missouri; and that radical usurpation and radical anarchy is crouching in the dust.

The coming struggle is Missouri’s redemption. — every man who stood on that floor a delegate was painfully alive to the condition to which Missouri from high estate had fallen. They, like the gallant heroes of ’76, felt and knew themselves to be but the exponent of outraged and down-trodden people who, in their might and wrath, have sworn that they will no longer be the suffering and degraded slaves whose walk has been, under radical rule, in dark and bloody ways, whose bodies are scarred with the lash of proscription and persecution of opinion, the disenfranchisement of political rights and honor worse, and as degrading as that of the Grecian Helot; whose chains are wrapped around their strong limbs in many an intricate coil, whose heavy links were forged in the fires of religious bigotry, political fanaticism, and degrading, groveling and treacherous personal ambition.

Yet this convention is but the torch which shall light the mine at whose explosion Missouri Radicalism shall quake, tremble, and fall, to rise no more. The time set apart for convening together the delegates of this remarkable and heroic expression of the people’s will was most auspicious; and, like the hour selected for the death of the great patriot, Thomas Jefferson, seemed to be gladdened by the sweet smile of a most just and retributive Almighty providence. — The wrongs which the patriots of 1776 suffered in their day, the people of Missouri and these States suffer now; and like them, they have determined that the despotism of a political tyrant which has heretofore bound them in the vilest slavery, is and ought to be totally dissolved, and that they have full power, under the constitution, to do all things which a free and independent people may of right do, and for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, they mutually pledge to each other “their lives, their fortune and their sacred honor.”

Of such is the army of heroes who will meet to conquer the radical tyrants of Missouri in November next; — tyrants who have no other armor but selfish interest, the holding of office, and the bloody passions and prejudices of the dark epoch we have just passed. We particularly call the attention of the public to the address to the People of Missouri by the Union Conservative State Convention, a copy of which we will furnish our readers in a few weeks.

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