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The Daily Dispatch: December 29, 1864., [Electronic resource], The Yankee spy system — a Characteristic History of the Excursion of a gentleman. (search)
. Something was now to be done to prevent any evil consequences to the Confederacy from the anticipated effects of the American election. They thought that if the wires flashed over Europe from this great moneyed centre the fact that the news of the election of Lincoln had raised the price of American stocks, it would seriously injure Confederate credit and create despondency among their English sympathizers. The rebels and their friends had long prophesied a great fall in gold after McClellan should be elected, and that, as a result of his election, we should see a peaceful separation of the South from the North, and a lasting peace and friendship existing between them. Some of our bankers here had almost made up their minds that it was better for the country to have Lincoln defeated. They therefore hoped for this result, and that, after his defeat, the Democratic cry of an armistice and immediate cessation of hostilities would be realized, and that, as a consequence, America
of the Electoral Colleges, it was impossible to get in all the returns in some of the large Western States, such as Missouri, Iowa, the Michigan Peninsula, Minnesota, etc.; but these deficiencies are trivial, and make no difference in the relative proportion of the vote. The aggregate vote, as actually returned, is 3,957,702-- say 4,000,000, including such as were excluded by being too late. Of those duly returned, the respective candidates had: Abraham Lincoln2,182,502 George Brinton McClellan1,775,200 majority for Lincoln407,302 taking the entire popular vote in all the States entitled to a voice, we may put Lincoln's clear majority at 450,000. the vote in detail (Estimating Oregon) is as follows, comparing with the same States in 1860: President, 1864. President, 1860. All States.Lincoln.McCle'n.Lincoln.others. California43,84426,87539,17379,667 Connecticut44,69142,28543,79233,454 Delaware8,1558,7673,81512,224 Illinois189,496158,730172,161167,532