--About the close of 1853 Andy Johnson
, in a speech delivered at Nashville
, thus spoke of Wm. G. Brownlow
Not only has my political character been assailed, but my private character has likewise been the subject of shameful discussion.
Among the fiercest of my assailants is one Brownlow,
whom you all know.
His reputation for lying is equaled only by his fame as a common blackguard.
He can slander no one.
And early in January of 1854 Brownlow
made a speech in the public square in Nashville
, in which occurs the following sentence:
I here denounce, upon his own dunghill, and I hope within sound of my voice, Andrew Johnson
, the Governor
elect of Tennessee
, as a vile demagogue, an abolition satrap, an infamous liar, a libel upon depraved humanity, &c., &c.
Both were impressive and convincing speakers, as many persons who heard both speeches expressed their convictions at the time that both
had spoken the truth in reference to each other.