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Execution>John Brown to Mrs. Stearns
Brown to Mrs. George L. Stearns, November 29, 1859
Sanborn, John Brown, pp. 610-611
No letter I have received since my imprisonment here has given
me more satisfaction or comfort than yours of the 8th instant.
I am quite cheerful, and was never more happy. Have only time
to write a word. May God forever reward you and all yours! My
love to all who love their neighbors. I have asked to be spared
from having any weak or hypocritical prayers made over me when
I am publicly murdered, and that my only religious attendants
be poor little dirty, ragged, bareheaded, and barefooted slave
boys and girls, led by some old gray headed slave mother.