--We published in the Dispatch
yesterday the announcement of the suspension of Brownlow
The following has since come under our observation:
"This issue of the Whig
must necessarily be the last for some time to come — I am unable to say how long.
The Confederate authorities have determined upon my arrest, and I am to be indicted before the Grand Jury
of the Confederate Court
, which commenced its session in Nashville
on Monday last."
He says he could go free by taking the oath of allegiance, or by giving bond for his good behavior.
But he vows that he will do neither.
"In default of both, I expect to go to jail, and I am ready to start upon one moment's warning.
Not only so, but there I am prepared to lie in solitary confinement, until I waste away because of imprisonment, or die from old age. Stimulated by a consciousness of innocent uprightness, I will submit to imprisonment for life, or die at the end of a rope, before I will make any humiliating concessions to any power on earth !"
The reasons for this anticipated procedure against himself, Brownlow
"I have committed grave, and, I really fear, unpardonable offences.
I have refused to make war upon the Government
of the United States
; I have refused to publish to the world false and exaggerated accounts of the several engagements had between the contending armies; I have refused to write out and publish false versions of the origin of this war, and of the breaking up of the best Government the world ever know — and all this I will continue to do, if it cost me my life.
Nay, when I agree to do such things, may a righteous God palsy my right arm, and may the earth open and close upon me forever !"