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--Slavery no the Cause of their Opposition to the South--We copy the following from an interesting correspondence from East Tennessee, published in the Memphis Avalanche, of the 4th inst:

You must remember that East Tennesseeans are radically sound on the slavery question. Brownlow, whatever may be the extent of his political errors, has done more for the Southern cause by his thorough discussion of the slavery question than any man in Tennessee. On this question he differed toto coclo from Maynarp and Johnson, both of whom have been abolitionists for ten years past. I botted from the Democracy when It became my partizan duty to support Johnson when he was first made Governor of Tennessee.--Brownlow is also one of the few Southern preachers who, in the hot bed of Abolitionism has promulgated sound Southern sentiments. His discussions with the redoubtable Dr. Prynne, In Philadelphia, attracted very general attention at the time, and every East Tennesseean who read ‘"Brownlow's whig"’ became a convert to Brownlow's opinions.--Brownlow therefore has done a share of good to effect an immense deal of unmixed evil.--His teachings and the action of the administration at Washington with reference to slaves have done much to correct popular sentiment in this portion of Tennessee.

No apology can be made for a Southern man who at this time fails or refuses to give all that he has or all that he can achieve for Southern independence, but there is no reason why simple justice should not be awarded even to the worst men. Brownlow, before the revolution occurred in this State, was threatened with transportation to the slave States. He retorted by declaring that the rail and bridges should be burned if this threat was bought to be executed. This reply of Brownlow is now published without date, and he is thus misrepresented. While I am satisfied of all-of this, yet if there were a reasonable pretext for returning this dangerous man in the Southern States after his agreement with the Secretary of War, I would urge his retention on parole or otherwise in the Southern Confederacy. He has more indomitable pluck, more of fireless energy, more daring, and more friends in East Tennessee than both Johnson and Maynard.

Nelson is the greatest man in East Tennessee. He is the greatest and one of the best. His word, is his bond. He has promised to be silent, and if not a supporter of our Government, he will be guilty of no act openly or otherwise hostile to the Confederate States. He was in this city a few days ago, but it was not my fortune to meet him.--I shall not soon forget my last interview with T. A. R. Nelson. During the discussion of the Force Bill, enacted by the Federal Congress of last winter, one Kellogg, whitome an Illinois abolitionist, in a violent speech, unexpectedly bolted from his party. Senator Douglas was on the floor of the House; at the conclusion of Kellogg's speech, the Senator went up and congratulated him.--So did Nelson. The three entered a clerk's office, and we ‘"smiled"’ with the rotund and jolly Kellogg. Nelson then grew eloquent, and uttered sentiments glowing with heart-felt hope and patriotism. Lincoln's madness is Nelson's sanity. He lives a quiet life in his mountain home, indulging his kindly feelings and cultivated liberary tastes. The time will soon come when Nelson will be a leader in the Southern ‘"rebellion."’

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