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Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
military supper — Disunion speeches — the holidays — Negro Hiring, &c.

Harrisonburg, Va., Jan. 2, 1861.
The Valley Guards, of this place, gave a supper to their Captain, S. B. Gibbons, last night, (the 1st.) Capt. G. has resigned his commission here, and intends going to Georgia. Several speeches were made on the occasion. T. Z. Yancey, Esq., Commonwealth's Attorney, advised moderation, and exhorted the people to wait. Mr. Y. is an "overt act" Douglas man. Capt. J. J. Winfield said, "That rather than see the Capitol at Washington occupied by the Republicans, he would see its foundations washed away by their blood" Strong language. Mr. W. is a young military gentleman, and it is believed he speaks the sentiments of the people of his section. E. A. Shands and S. Cootes, Esqs., followed with strong Southern sentiments, declaring that the time had now arrived for the South to act. Mr. Shands closed with the toast, "The South, right or wrong!"

The holidays closed yesterday, and those who have anything to do have commenced work. There is a great depression in business throughout the entire Valley. There are some of the merchants who have scarcely paid expenses for the past month. Money is scarce, and there is no prospect of its becoming more plentiful for some time to come.

There are a large number of negroes in town to-day, hunting for masters for the ensuing year. Negroes will hire low — some think 25 per cent, under last year's rates.

The weather is very cold. There are several inches of snow on the ground, and those who have sleighs are enjoying themselves.--More soon. Singlesticks.

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