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Washington, Dec. 22, 1860. Mr. Breckinridge, in forming the Committee of Thirteen, shows the difference between himself and Pennington. He has placed the ablest men of all sections on it, and if anything can be done to stop the Revolution they will do it. Conservatives place great confidence in this committee. Meantime, Lincoln's virtual declaration of war against South Carolina has dispelled the hopes of many who went to bed last night in the most sanguine spirits. If it is expected that threats will have any other influence than to confirm South Carolina in her position, and to bring the whole South actively to her aid, the Republicans are grievously in error. There is much despondency here today. The bill authorizing the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to extend its Washington branch across the Long Bridge so as to connect with the Virginia roads, passed the Senate yesterday by a decided vote of 35 yeas to 15 nays.--The bill is hampered with many amendments which