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Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
things in Fredericksburg.

Fredericksburg, Va., March 19th, 1861.
Yesterday was an exciting time here, as it was the annual municipal election. Mr. Montgomery Slaughter was chosen Mayor. Last night his friends seemed very jubilant — so much so that your correspondent was several times interrupted in his slumbers by the shouting near his window.

Business is quite dull, and but little is being done except reading papers and talking about the probable result of our national troubles.

The Baptists have been holding meetings for a week, and when the weather would permit, the congregations have been very large. Next week, Bishop Johns, of the Episcopal Church, will be here. Fredericksburg abounds in churches, and the religious element is very strong.

The schools seem not to suffer from the crisis. Rev. Dr. Broaddus has the largest Female Institute here, numbering some fifty.

I have noticed for several days that very few persons are passing through on the cars. The travel seems almost suspended. Black Republican rule will likely injure the Richmond and Fredericksburg Railroad more than any other in the State. But there are not a few here who are yet hoping that peace and harmony will be restored, and our country be one again. Mr. Goggin's secession resolutions created some sensation yesterday.

The Dispatch seems to be taken by nearly every family here, and is read with great interest.

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