ing faith in the justice of their cause and in its ultimate triumph.
In November they numbered at the polls in the whole country 155,000 votes, dropping to that figure from 291,000 which they cast in 1848; but their chief loss was the withdrawal of 100,000 Barnburners in New York.
In Massachusetts their numbers were reduced from 38,000 to 28,000.
The canvass had not gone far before Scott's defeat appeared certain; and he lost all except four States,—Vermont, Massachusetts, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
Notwithstanding a certain absurdity of speech at times, he was, as soldier and patriot, immeasurably the superior of his successful opponent; and the Free Soilers, though not voting for him, preferred his election to that of Pierce.
It was the last struggle of the Whigs for existence as a national party, and when the next contest came they were a disbanded host.
To show how little public men, who are accounted sagacious and forecasting, see into the future, an extract from a letter to