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Virginia State Convention.Seventeenth day. Tuesday, March 5, 1861. The Convention was called to order at the usual hour. Prayer by the Rev. C. H. Read, of the 2d Presbyterian Church. Explanation. Mr.Mallory, of Brunswick, desired to explain the intent of his resolution, offered yesterday, having reference to a Convention of the Border States. In offering it, he had no ambition to gratify, and no expectation of winning laurels; but his position here required that he should explain it. He was sent here as a Union man, and he wished that the Union might have been preserved forever; but his constituents desired him to make no dishonorable sacrifices after the last effort had failed. The Peace Conference had failed to accomplish its purpose, and now he thought Virginia ought to take some action; hence he had proposed a resolution for a Conference among the Border States. He was opposed to the idea of a Central Confederacy, and if the question were presented to hi