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 became known, among the three hundred thousand Free-Soil voters in the recent Presidential contest, it was received with unbounded joy: and these voters were scattered through all the Free States. The period of his election was a marked era in our politics. Most of the statesmen who had swayed the country, from the time of Madison, were disappearing from the field. Mr. Calhoun was already dead: Henry Clay was soon to follow. The old Whig party had fought its last battle. The Democrats had centred all their chances upon the South and the Pro-Slavery party of the North, and there it was to fight its last fight before it dissolved in the fires of the Rebellion.
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