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Correspondence of the Richmond DispatchAffairs in Essex county Centre Cross, Essex County, May 8th, 1861. I have seen nocommunication in your paper concerning the military preparations in Essex. This silence does not proceed from apathy, I assure you. There are no braver men, and no more patriotic women in our great old Common wealth, than the citizens of Essex county. Their hearts are full of zeal for Southern Rights, and our soldiers are ready at a moment's warning to leave home and friends to battle for the sacred cause. The first excitement has worn off somewhat; the flashing eyes and impassioned jestures with which Lincoln's diabolical policy was at first discussed, have given place to rigid brows, and sternly compressed lips which speak of determination unconquerable as death. There are three volunteer companies in our county.--The Essex Light Dragoo?s, numbering 63, commanded by Dr. Stark Cauthorn--a man who was born to rule. His Lieutenants are intelligent, brave