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Mountain-visiting in East Tennessee


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No. XC.—NOVEMBER, 1857.—VOL. XV.

A group of four hikers rest near the peak of a rocky summit. On the side of the summit are boulders and coniferous trees. SUMMIT CLIFFS OF THE ROANE.


Third Paper.

"Yet still even here content can spread a charm, Redress the clime and all its rage disarm: Though poor the peasant's hut, his feast though small, He sees his little lot the lot of all, Sees no continguous palace rear its head To shame the meanness of his humble shed." GOLDSMITH.

JONESBOROUGH, where our travelers decided to fix their head-quarters for a season, is the oldest town in East Tennessee, and is otherwise a place of some historic interest. Here the first log court-house in the State was hewn out of the virgin forest, where justice was dispensed to the hardy pioneers—possibly not less sound and impartial because wanting in the forms and technicalities of more imposing courts. Here the forest soldiers and statesmen convened to devise plans of war and policy against the common enemy, and when triumphant success had rewarded their valor, they met here in factious wranglings and fights to dispose of their new-found independence.

In this neighborhood, too, if we credit the inscription on a venerable beech tree,

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1857, by Harper and Brothers, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York. VOL. XV.—No. 90.—Zz
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