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We have received Northern dates of the 4th instant. Gold was quoted at 209--an advance of five cents.

The "Peace" question — the brazen confidence of the Yankees — Forgiveness for those Returning to the "Old flag."

The following, contained in a Washington dispatch of the 3d, is the latest known in reference to the "peace movement" at the date of the dispatch. It will be observed that, among the imaginative Yankees at that time, the final conclusion was certain:

Peace! peace ! is about the only topic of discussion here to-day, though but little additional light has been thrown on the subject. Those who, yesterday, hooted at the idea of anything coming out of this matter, are to day convinced that there is something in it. The reason for Mr. Lincoln keeping it so quiet is said, by a high official, to be that, if he were to disclose what he knew, the very purpose to be accomplished might be baffled entirely.

Advices from Fortress Monroe this afternoon are to the effect that Mr. Lincoln found them more disposed to reconciliation than he had anticipated, and that he will return to-night, reaching here by Saturday noon.

Governor Dennison, Attorney-General Speed, and Secretary Seward, are believed to be the only Cabinet ministers in full communion with the rebel chiefs; and, with the exception of the two Blaris, none outside are cognizant of the purposes of the negotiations. Many leading Senators who, at first, would not listen to such a thing as Mr. Lincoln treating with them, are now strong in the belief that this move will bring about a speedy peace.

General Dix left to-night for New York, after having been all day in consultation with Secretary Stanton. Attorney General Speed said to him, just before leaving, that if the rebels were only acting in good faith, the final conclusion was certain.

An — editorial in the Washington Chronicle of the 3d attracted much attention owing to the relations of that paper with the Administration. The following sentence occurs in capital letters:

For our own part, slavery being practically and constitutionally abolished, we are ready to concede everything else to recall our oaring brethren. It continues:

On the subject of confiscation, who does not know that many of the leading Republicans in Congress objected to the law, which has been partially and ineffectually enforced? Who does not know that those who have purchased under this law, in the city of Washington and elsewhere, admit that they have the frailest of titles? Why not, then, at once give up a law, for the sake of perpetual peace, which all nations, in time of war, have regarded as temporary.

Next comes the amnesty proclamation, with all its exceptions as to the great offenders. Why not make this general, without exceptions? Are we afraid of them? Do we fear their re-appearance at the Federal capital? Are we of the free North--every State of which is committed and sworn against slavery, with West Virginia, Maryland, Nevada and the incoming free territories — afraid to admit any of our countrymen, submitting to the Constitution and obeying the laws, to all the privileges of the American Union? If we are, we are unworthy of the destiny which has been transmitted to us by our fathers and theirs, or shall we send the rapidly demoralizing rebel army into Mexico? Shall we allow it to reinforce the minions of Louis Napoleon and Maximilian? Shall we hold the position of France after the rebellion, when her expatriated nobility plotted the great conspiracy which undermined the First Consul, and contributed to his terrible and final overthrow? Shall we allow the desperate men who may be expelled from the United States in the event of a sudden peace to intrigue against the country they once dearly loved, or shall we take them back to meet the free people of the free States of America? Whatever Mr. Lincoln's policy is, whether he is at Fortress Monroe or in the city of Washington, we believe he possesses the supreme attribute of rewarding the friends of the Union, and forgiving the enemies of the Union, who are ready to return to the old flag.

The New York correspondent of the Philadelphia Inquirer, writing under date of the 3d, says:

The public mind is yet brooding on peace. The idea is in everybody's head, and so near everybody's heart that, for the moment, everything else is lost sight of. The newspaper officers have been thronged all the afternoon with people eager to catch the latest rumors and reports from Fortress Monroe. There are gamblers, even, who are going about willing to bet that an armistice will be announced before to-morrow night, and that peace and re-union will follow in less than thirty days from date. Heaven grant that, for this time, the gamblers may be right.

The passport system abolished — What Canada must do.

The Toronto Leader learns that the passport order, as far as Canada is concerned, has been rescinded by the United States authorities. It adds:

The news will be welcomed throughout the country. At the same time, we trust there is no truth in the statement put forth by the American press that this act of the Washington Cabinet is the result of a stipulation made by our Government; that Judge Coursal should be dismissed, and that the fifty thousand dollars taken by the St. Albans raiders should be restored. To interfere with the independence of the judiciary, and do so in a bargains with a foreign government, would be to level a deadly blow at the liberties of the country.

As to the payment of the fifty thousand dollars, it could not properly be made the subject of a bargain between the two Governments, since the right to claim it would depend upon a judicial decision not yet given. If the decision be that the raiders be given up, no doubt the money must be forthcoming. It was in the custody of a Canadian officer, of whose Government that of Washington makes a demand for the surrender of the fugitives; and if the law says that they must be given up, the money must be given up too.


The Legislatures of New York, Massachusetts, Maryland and "West Virginia" have ratified the "constitutional amendment" abolishing slavery.

Fifty-three Confederate officers, captured by Sherman, including General G. P. Harrison, have arrived at Washington.

A lot of one hundred and ten prisoners, all said to be "Mosby's men," captured in recent attacks on the Yankee lines in the Shenandoah Valley, have arrived in Washington.

The fire in Savannah is now laid at the door of some of Wheeler's cavalry, who, it is said, had threatened to "burn the Yankees out of Savannah."

Mahone's division has been sent to Georgia, according to Yankee accounts. [They found out differently, Monday, at Hatcher's run.]

The "guerrillas" pitched into Midway, Kentucky, on the 2d, and, as it was a cold evening, burnt the depot and other buildings to warm themselves.

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