[Correspondence of the Louisville Journal.]
East Tennessee--its condition and Prospects.
--I came to this place a day or two ago, believing that the reports of East Tennessee
lawlessness, of which many papers say so much, were true, and that I should be necessitated to see at least a half-dozen grey-haired rebels butchered by the young loyalists of this part of the State
In fact, I thought at least, in order to preserve my own life, to wear my brass buttons and shoulder-straps.
When I arrived at Knoxville
I expected to have been met by a parcel of loyal ruffians, and to have been compelled to show my passport, countersigned by Governor Brownlow
and approved by Andy Johnson
In this expectation I was disappointed.
The truth is, I was rather chagrined at the careless treatment shown me. I did not see loaded pistols, nor did I hear of a dozen or two murders, as I did when I arrived at Nashville
Nobody attempted to steal my pocket-book, nobody asked me to have a hack; in truth, I was left "alone in my glory" to find my way to the best hotel in the city, if possible.
I am now convinced that there is more of peace and quietude here than there is in Kentucky
, and fewer robberies and murders than there is in any one of the loyal States.
I have traveled in a buggy, behind a splendid horse, all over Anderson
and Knox counties
, and never once had my horse locked up in a stable.