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f to me. Colfax denies that Lincoln has written conciliatory letters. Much to the disgust of Messrs. Everett and Winthrop, the Massachusetts delegation have united in a message to the Legislature of their State, urging them to send Commissioners here on the 4th of February. Republicans will be sent, and of course they will not carry out the compromise views of the Everett party. But the Tribune is in great fright about the prospect of a compromise. I hear from an intimate acquaintance of Seward that the Republicans will never agree to Crittenden's amendment. A new penny evening paper, the Confederation, is to be started. It will be the organ of Buchanan. I saw a beautiful illustration of "free labor," as I went up to the Capitol yesterday, to wit: a white boy blacking Bean Hickman's boots in open day and on the street, where everybody was passing. The Bean is in nothing changed. With his face withered and wrinkled like a frosted crab-apple, his cold glittering eye, and
Congressional. Washington, Jan. 31. --Senate.--Mr. Seward presented a petition of 38,000 names, from New York, asking conciliation. Mr. Seward said he had Mr. Seward said he had been requested to support the petition, but had seen no disposition on the part of the seceding States to allow a practical effort at compromise by the adhering Statederstood the petitions to be for the adoption of the Crittenden resolutions. Mr. Seward had shown by his votes that he was not in favor of this mode of adjustment, but had signified that the Constitution needed no amendment. Mr. Seward had to- day spoken of contributing money to the cause of the Union. What did he mean ? MMr. Seward explained that he meant, after all Congressional means had failed, to assemble in Convention the people of the whole Union. If this failed, then to advise cies of reasoning. The discussion continued at great length between Mason, Seward, Cameron, and Douglas. Mr. Hale subsequently made a long Union speech. He