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The Coercion policy — what will Virginia
do?

TheNational Republican,the Washington organ of the abolition Administration, says, in its Thursday' s issue:

‘ "Advices received here yesterday indicate an early attack upon Fort Pickens. It is believed here that if an attack is really made upon Fort Pickens and vigorously repulsed, that the Union men of Virginia will sweep everything before them at the approaching election in May."

’ This is too much even for theNational Intelligencer,which thus replies:

‘ "From our knowledge of the Southern people, and especially of their temper at the present day, we are compelled to entertain an opinion precisely the opposite of that expressed by our Administration contemporary in this city; and it is in this strong belief, as well as from the profound sorrow with which we contemplate even the probability of blood being shed in a fratricidal conflict, that we should deeply deplore any such occurrence."

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