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Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.

State of Feeling in the Country — High Price of Land — In Favor of Disunion — Religious Meetings — Anniversary Celebration, &c.

King William County, Va.,
November 14th, 1860.

I have recently traveled through several counties and find the masses generally aroused in reference to the present condition of the country. Some say, let us resist even unto death. One of the wealthiest and most intelligent gentlemen in this county said to me--‘"I have been in favor of disunion for thirty years. We ought not to suffer ourselves to be degraded by these miserable abolitionists. If they will come and ask me for a negro, I will give them as many as they will promise to take care of, for they are an expense to me; but they shall not steal my property and then denounce me."’ Others say, ‘"let us wait until Lincoln does something. He has been duly elected by the people, and he may be better than our fears."’ I suppose the masses to be of this latter opinion.

While in Madison county, a large tract of land was pointed out to me which had recently been sold for $55 per acre. This does not look like there is any pecuniary crisis, nor is there any in the country. The people have food and raiment, and as much money as they need, though not quite as much as they want.

The Reformers have been holding a "big meeting" in this neighborhood, and several ministers officiated, one of whom was from Kentucky. Last Sunday was a great day with the "little folks" in this region. It was the anniversary celebration of the Sunday School connected with the Hebron Church. After the speaking, cakes and candies and nuts and many other good things were spread out, for the children to eat as much as they wanted, and to fill their pockets. Then came the awarding of premiums. Two little girls had memorized seven thousand passages of Scripture, and a boy had memorized twelve hundred. These received beautiful presents. Then the vote was taken as to continuing the school through the winter. All the children were in favor of doing so. The Baptist Sunday Schools are giving up the practice of "suspending" for the winter. They ought never to have begun it. The winter is in some respects more favorable to country schools than any other season.

Rev. Dr. Fonerdon, of your city, has been preaching at Hebron, and it is thought he will be called to the care of the church.

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