The Presidential election.
The latest advices show the votes of the States heard from to be as follows:
|Electoral votes. |
|New York,||35 |
|New Hampshire,||5 |
|Rhode Island,||4 |
The Electoral College consists of 303 electors, of whom 152 is a majority — the Republicans have already 17 votes more than that majority.
The following States may be added as certain for Breckenridge
, though returns have not been received from them:
so far as the returns have been received from Southern cities, the following is the vote in those received:
|Lynchburg, Va.,||969||487||132 |
|Raleigh, N. C.,||504||160||114 |
|New Orleans,||5215||2645||2998 |
|Mobile,||maj. 219 |
since the adoption of the Constitution
we have had eighteen Presidential elections, but fortunately, in no instance as yet has a President been chosen by the Northern
or Southern States exclusively.
The following table shows what number of Northern and what number of Southern States have voted for each of the successful candidates at each election:
No successful candidate except John Quincy Adams
, ever received less than a majority of all the States of the Union
at the time of a given election, and it should be remembered that he was not chosen by the people, but by the House
We have of course but few comments from the press of the country on the election of Mr. Lincoln
to the Presidency.
The Washington Constitution says:
"From the returns which have reached us we are forced to the lamentable conclusion that Abraham Lincoln
has been elected President
of the United States
from the 4th of next March.
We declare this opinion as to the eventful result of yesterday with sorrow which has no source in party defeat.
The people of the Northern States
, by an apparently overwhelming majority, have rendered their verdict on an issue fully made up, and after full deliberation, and that verdict says they deny that fifteen States of the Union
are entitled to equality in the Union
; and that the future policy of the Federal Government
shall be based on active deadly hostility to the South
and her institutions.
What the effect of that verdict, immediate or ultimate, will be, we do not intend to prophesy.
We see in the immediate future gloom and storm, and much to chill the heart of every patriot in the land.
We can understand the effect that will be produced in every Southern mind when he reads the news this morning — that he is now called on to decide for himself, his children, and his children's children, whether he will submit tamely to the rule of one elected on account of his hostility to him and his, or whether he will make a struggle to defend his rights, his inheritance and his honor."
The New York Herald says:
We have neither space nor time this morning to comment at length upon this great and momentous revolution in our political affairs.
The conservatives, who still believe in the strength of the Union
, will be comforted with the assurance of an anti-Republican majority in both Houses of Congress.
The success of Bell
in several of the Southern States
is also considered as affording a powerful guarantee for the maintenance of the Union
in the South
Upon the Congressional issue the city of New York
has discharged her duty handsomely.
We refer the reader to our copious details upon the subject, else where in this paper.
We begin with this day a new epoch in the political history of the United States
The Republican party have crossed the Rubicon.
Are our anxieties at an end, or are our troubles only about to begin?
We cannot answer until we have heard from the Ligatures of South Carolina
touching the test question of Lincoln