then put the question which I had been chiefly solicitious to
ask, "It is the common talk of the newspapers that Capt.
Brown is insane; what do you say to that opinion?"
never knew," she replied "of his insanity, until I
read it in the newspapers. He is a clear headed man. He has
always been, and now is, entirely in his right mind. He is always
cool, deliberate, and never over hasty; but he has always considered
that his first perceptions of duty, and his first impulses to
action, were the best, and the safest to be followed. He has
almost always acted upon his first suggestions. No, he is not
insane. His reason is clear. His last act was the result, as
all others have been, of his truest and strongest conscientious