Clipped From Brownlow's Knoxville Whig
, The Mobbing or Ee!)el Metiiodlsts. Mr. Editor: Indifferent parts of the country eaorts are industriously made to produce the impression impression tbat tho Methodist Episcopal Church in Ea?t Tennessee, and myself particularly, are somehow somehow implicated in, or responsible for, the trecent whipping of Rev. Henry Neal, in Blount county, and also other instances of violonco. All tepresen-tations tepresen-tations of the kind are basoly and wickedly false. While there may have been individauals connected connected with the M. E. Church who have participated in such violence though if there aro I do not know it yet the Melhodiit Episcopal Church in this country country has never lent herself to such works. She needs no such adjuncts or supports. If she cannot stand without them, let her fall. Sho would deserve to go down. So far as I myself am concerned, 1 have always opposed mob violence, and I always expect to op-, pose it. On first undertaking this District in October, October, 1865 I proposed to Rev. Jarce Atkin-, then Presiding Elder of tho M. E. Church, South, to de-bato de-bato this question cf the two Churches in all tho principal congregations in icy District with him, and submit it to a vote of the Methodist people. Ho declined accoding lo tho proposition, alleging among other reasons, that ho did not consider himself himself safe in certain parts of the country. I assured him I would discountenance violence towards him, and that if he would accede to the proposition and accompany me, should any ono attempt to molest him, would difind hint, ci l tKtj ihculJ Kurt mi frit. When tho late Captain Sizemore, f Rt.gers-ville, Rt.gers-ville, had threatened the lifo of Rev. Mr. Hickey, as I learned, 1 went tJ Mr. SIzemoro and plead with him lor an hour cr more agaicrt suca a crorse, until he agreed not to lay hands ca aim. Privately Privately and publicly, frcra the pulpit and through the pross, I have dli.coi:n:ennced such conduct. It it true, I Lave been requited fcr this interference in be'-alf cf Southern preachers, by discourtesy, prc scripUcn, aue and falsehood. When in Athe-I Athe-I found tie rumor current that I had advisfd the d:u ing Grt fronl p4l TcnDcsiee or tilling of oouuera Mctbc-dift preacher.. Tbu must hare 1-e ii circaluted there ty some cf the body in behalf cf fchom 1 had interfered. t.o I Lave continued, notwithstanding tho way 1 huve leva treated ly them, to pp.e violence'to-wardi violence'to-wardi them. And now, again, tho w Lipping of Mr. Neal is au occasion to revive tho rumors tbat mjM 'f and ether Methodist rninUl-rs in East Tcn-r"""c Tcn-r"""c "rc ch, if tu-t the in.-tigators cf these dced. Mar; vi'.le and Louisville circuit, in Blount coun'y, Lere Mr. Nctil was whipped, is not in my district. Such m-thoJs of promoting the ends of a sectional, dislcjal crganizaiioi!, hs is the M. E. Church South 1:1 Tenne.-oe. aro ns unworthy and ! ffliauieon ! ickal as tliov aro coward: and un-uet. tboj.erp.trav.rt! I lave net trrma to r preaa tho auprsoia contemrt and uttr loathlntr which tlmw ! dei-crte. Tuumt II. risam. Knox?ill,TCnn., FeV-. 24, i-e4.