A letter from Parson Brownlow to a friend in Washington is widely published. It says, in part:

“An order has been made, at Richmond, to suppress the publication of the Knoxville Whig, but the notice has not been served on me yet. I have given them the devil in this day’s paper, and I shall continue to say just what I please, until my office is closed or destroyed by brute force …. I will starve, or beg my bread of Union men, before I will surrender to this vile heresy of secession.”

[New York Times, p. 3]