Quincy Bell, Civil War Hero or Political Thug?, Part 2

I hope you read part 1 because we’re jumping right into part 2, no introduction!


Transcription of the first newspaper article:

“From Texas County.

Still Another Spurious Delegate at Marshfield – A Fugitive from Justice turns up in a Representative Capacity.

Houston, Texas Co., Aug. 4.

To the Editor of the Daily Leader:

Springfield papers, containing an account of the Marshfield convention, have just been received here.  From them we learn that one Q. A. Bell was in that convention as a delegate from Texas County.  No Radical convention has been held in this county to appoint delegates to the Marshfield convention, nor for any other purpose.  Mr. Q. A. Bell got into a scrape here, and left the county to avoid being arrested by the officers of the law.  He ran away from Texas county- a fugitive from justice- went into Webster county and stayed with some relatives until the Marshfield convention came off.  He has just got back, and I understand he says he is ashamed of what he did, and would not have gone into the convention but that some of Havens’ friends at Marshfield “fixed up his papers,” and insisted that he act as a delegate – that they assured him “it was all right enough, and nobody would ever find it out.”

Suffrage Radical”

It was alright enough.  You ever told yourself that about something?  Maybe next time, just say no!  I wish I could tell you that I understand everything that happened but I don’t.  I’ve sat on this story for about a year, maybe a little longer, because I was trying to figure out the whole story.  I’m not going to hold out any longer.  In trying to figure it all out there is another article we need to read but it is in such poor shape that it’s nearly impossible to read.  I’ve transcribed as much of the article as possible, and as well as possible, below.


“Daily Leader

Thursday, August 11, 1870

Was the nomination of the ten dollar, hundred day ??? by the Marshfield convention a cut-and-dried affair or was it not? Was the convention which made the nomination a body representative of the real contingent of the Radical party in the district, or did it represent only that ??? “ring” in that party?  It now appears that the two individuals admitted to the convention as delegates authorized to ??? the vote of Ozark county, were not only spurious and self-constituted, but in no manner reflected the sentiment or wishes of the majority of the party in that ???.  One of them, in fact, had not been in the county or the State three months, and was not therefore a qualified voter.  It appears that McDonald county, which no primary convention was held and no exp??? whatever of ??? as to candidates was had, was in like manner misrepresented in the person of W. H. Goody ????.  And now it further appears that Texas county, failing to send a delegation found herself honored in the convention by being accredited in that body with a fugitive from justice, Q. A. Bell, who was picked up in the streets of Marshfield and clothed with representative honors by an ??? of the Havens clique.  Here, ???, we have three ??? casting their votes at Marshfield for a candidate and the representative of principles notoriously ignored by a large majority of the party whose views they assumed to represent.  Add to these Christian county, in which the friends of the amendment ??? align two to one, and also add Greene, ????? not the question become one worth the ??? of the party whether they have not been imposed on, their real sentiments misrepresented, and their wishes overridden in the action of the Marshfield meeting! Does it not become even a more serious question whether they will abide by and submit to the usurpations of a mere clique, bent upon carrying out the will and the wishes, not of the majority, but the barest minority of the party?”

That’s where the article ends.  I can hardly make heads or tails of it other than Quincy wasn’t alone in this mess and there was a clique known as the Havens clique that was a minority in the Radical Party of 1870.  So I Googled it, of course!  Apparently, in the five years following the Civil War, Missouri was deeply divided.  The conservatives had split into several factions over a variety of issues and they couldn’t seem to agree on anything.  In this void rose up the Radical Union Party.  They wanted to get rid of slavery as well as Missouri’s reputation of being a state overcome with guerilla warfare.  The party was progressive in their thinking.  You can learn more here.

Suffice it to say, Quincy got sucked into all this- whether willingly or through cajoling- and it didn’t end well for him.  I really can’t tell you much more than that right now but there is at least one more article I need to transcribe.  Unfortunately, it’s taking a lot longer than I thought it would.  So, over the next week or two I’m going to be transcribing and reporting to you about the Marshfield Convention and the craziness that went on there and maybe when I’m done we’ll have this all figured out.

So enjoy your stay right here in the middle of a big old political, legal mess for Quincy.  I’ll catch up with you soon with the rest of the story.

Until then,

Lisa @ Days of Our Lives blog

Clippings are from Newspapers.com

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