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re to conquer the continent. He called attention to the fleets now being fitted out by foreign Governments for the Gulf of Mexico. Spain might raise an issue in regard to Cuba, and France and England might desire to strike at the same time against some portion of the United States. --There were difficulties with Great Britain yet unadjusted, and all these things added to the dangers of division here. With regard to the credit of the United States Government, he read from an opinion of George Peabody, the London banker, showing the necessity of concessions on the part of the North and compromise on the part of the South, in order to preserve the credit of either section abroad, which would be inevitably destroyed in the event of a collision between the two. The speaker contrasted the present statesmen of Virginia with those of former days.--Time had been when her great men had only to say to the troubled waters--"Peace, be still," and all agitation was hushed; but we had no such