Thursday, August 12, 1858.
The N. Y. Journal of Commerce is a firm and uncompromising supporter of the National Administration, but withal, candid and conscientious in expressing its opinions; and we need not add, that its Washington correspondence is characterized by the same trait. Under date of the 21st inst., the Washington correspondent writes concerning Judge Douglas, as follows:
"Looking at the issue made between him and his Republican antagonist, Mr. Lincoln, it would seem very probable that Mr. Douglas will come off the victor. He knows the people of Illinois, and hence has confidence in his ability to detach them from the peculiar notions of the Seward Republicans, as represented by Mr. Lincoln. Mr. Douglas exhibited his power in this respect, in his conflict with public prejudice and popular passion, in Illinois, in 1850, upon the question of the fugitive slave law. He has much less difficulty to contend with now.
The Republican issues have lost much of their vigor by the practical adjustment of the Kansas question, and also by the actual or
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the Senate is destroyed. There is nothing incredible, therefore, in the supposition that Mr. Douglas will win over to his banner a sufficient number of Republicans, so called, to secure the election of a Douglas-Democratic legislature, and consequently his own re-election to the U.S. Senate. His Democratic opponents so much fear this result, that they openly avow their preference for the election of Mr. Lincoln.