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[special Correspondence of the Dispatch.] Marion, Ala Nov. 8, 1861. It is truly refreshing to a traveler to be able to sojourn a few days in such a village as Marion. It is located in the centre of the State, surrounded by a country peculiarly rich and fertile, and inhabited by an intelligent and refined community. Howard, Judson, and several other literary institutions of note are located here. The Judson not unfrequently has within its walls from three to four hundred young ladies, most of whom have an interest in large cotton plantations. As these institutions are under the control of the Baptists of Alabama, that denomination frequently holds its annual meetings here. The State Convention is now in session. Rev. H. Talbird, D. D., has been elected President, and Prof. Goodhue, of the Howard, Clerk. Rev. C. Manley, a popular young man, and son of Dr. Manley, preached the introductory sermon. Rev. A. M. Poindexter, of Richmond, Va., is here as the representativ