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Title: Mountain-visiting in East Tennessee

Creators: Walt Whitman, Unknown

Annotation Date: Between 1857 and 1860

Base Document Citation: Unknown, "A Winter in the South," Harper's New Monthly Magazine 15 (November 1857).

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03787

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Transcribed from digital images of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the marginalia and annotations, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial Note: At one point, this manuscript likely formed part of Whitman's cultural geography scrapbook.

Contributors to digital file: Ashlyn Stewart and Kevin McMullen


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mountain=visiting in East Tennessee
(View and thoughts standing on the top of mountains



No. XC.—NOVEMBER, 1857.—VOL. XV.


[FIGURE: A group of four hikers rest near the peak of a rocky summit. On the side of the summit are boulders and coniferous trees. This figure is captioned: "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."


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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