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The N. Y. Evening Post tlius speaks of Gen. Cass'-., recent .-.letter the Wilmot Proviso. ' jjjs" We are sorry to pee ttiat Genera! Cnss, in this question of the prohibition of slavery, hns been slipping from stnge lo stage in ;i very odd mnnner. lic was firsí a friend of ihe Wilmot Proviso; then he thoüglít the Wilmoi Proviso.thnt is lo say, tlie excliisiofl of slavery from the new len-itory, perfeotly right ín principie, bilt on] y premature intime; now he holds ihat Congress has no right to prohibid slavery in ihe territories. There is a story of a Vermorter who, being sued at law fur damagfs In brcaking an iron kettle whicli he liad borro wed. pleaded in court, fir.-t, that he never liad the kettle; secondly, ihat it was broken wrren he borrowed it ; nnd Ihirdly, that it was wh -Ie when he returned Hi Gen. Cass was in 1846 for thr Wümot Proviso - he never hnd the kellle - in 1847 the Wilmot Proviso was right in principie, but wrong in ihe time of is application - the kettle was broke when he borrowod it - and now, in 1848, the Wilmot Proviso is unconstitutional and unnecesssary - ihe kettle was whole wheu he returned it. So it is with all the prematuri.sts - warm friends n yeasinceofthe principie of excluding .lavefy-they have come al last to the convenient conclusión, when the prelext of prematurity will serve them no longer, that the Constitution gives Congress no aulhority td pfovide for its prohibition.