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From Fortsmouth.[special correspondence of the Dispatch.] Portsmouth, Va., May 25, 1861. How many so-called informed men have read the debates in the Federal Convention of 1787? How many in the enlightened, progressive, intellectual and Free-Soil North have formed their opinions of the Government of the United States upon such reasoning? In relation to the question of coercion and force, which the vulgar and coarse-grained Ape of Illinois is attempting to make a practical one, "Mr. Madison [in that Federal Convention] observed that the more he reflected on the use of force, the more he doubted the practicability, the justice and the efficiency of it, when applied to people collectively, and not individually. A union of the States containing such an ingredient seemed to provide for its own destruction. The use of force against a State would look more like a declaration of war than an infliction of punishment, and would probably be considered by the party attacked as a dis