the surroundings of the Territory belonging to the Republic; in view of the fact that for four years, at least, freedom will have fair play; and in view, also, of two other elements of emigration and the census — this, we say, almost constrains us to believe that we may now confide the future of the Territories to the intelligence and patriotism of those who are to inhabit them.
Or if this is inadmissible, there is another, which contemplates a division of the remaining territory of the United States, as in 1820, when the Missouri Compromise line was established.
To this we shall be told that the compact was violated, and that the South cannot be trusted.
Perhaps it would be so again, but not in our generation, or the next, nor indeed until the lessons of the last six years have been forgotten.
Meetings in Virginia.
In Fredericksburg, Va., Monday, a meeting was held, at which a State Convention was favored.
Among the resolutions adopted, are the two following: