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the people of what they thought before — that they were not suitable representatives of popular sentiment. All the power in this country is in the people. It has for a time been usnrped; but as sure as the sun shines in yonder sky, that power will yet rebuke the effort to overthrow and destroy the best fabric of free government that ever existed upon earth. He commended to his hearers a perusal of the 39th number of the Federalist; and went on to allude to the efforts of Patrick Henry, George Mason, Luther Martin, and other patriots, to lay the foundation of a Government for a free people. It is amazing that with so many sources from whence we can derive the purposes of the Federal Government, gentlemen will get up and contend for a principle for which they can find no argument. No man contends for the power of coercion. --Why, then, continue to build cob-houses, that a breath can knock down? Is there anything in the Inaugural to justify the assertion that it breathes a sentiment
to return. If this Government does not remove the troops at Forts Sumter and Pickens, the Confederate States will soon do it for it. The old Union is dead, and the only question is, shall it be buried in a respectable Protestant manner, or by an Irish wake? Mr. Douglas, in rejoinder, reiterated his positions of yesterday, that the Inaugural was indicative of peace. He learned, from the best military authority, it would take 10,000 men, and the entire navy, to reinforce Sumter. Mr. Mason said it was unusual to print an inaugural, as it was not a Senate document, but merely a disquisition on political views. He took issue with Mr. Douglas, arguing that it was plainly a proclamation of war, only omitting the time when the military forces were to be used for the purposes stated therein. There was a wicked omission, too, of the fact, that the Union was broken. As for Virginia, he could not say whether she would take common cause with her sister States against coercion. Adj