Brown: Hero or Terrorist?> John
Brown and the Secret Six>John Brown to Thomas
Brown to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, February 2, 1858
Source: Thomas Wentworth Higginson Papers in the Boston Public
Library, Boston, Massachusetts.
I am here concealing my whereabouts for good reasons (as I think)
not however from any anxiety about my personal safety. I have
been told that you are both a true man: & a true abolitionist
"& I partly believe" the whole story. Last Fall
I undertook to raise from $500 to $1,000, for secret service,
& succeeded in getting $500. I now want to get for the perfecting
of by far the most important undertaking of my whole life: from
$500 to $800 within the next sixty days. I have written Rev Theodore
Parker, George L Steams, & F B Sanborn Esq, on the subject;
but do not know as either Mr Steams or Mr Sanborn, are abolitionists.
I suppose they are. Can you be induced to operate at Worcester,
& elsewhere during that time to raise from Antislavery men
& women, (or any other parties) some part of that amount?
I wish to keep it entirely still about where I am: & will
be greatly obliged if you will consider this communication strictly
confidential: unless it maybe with such as you are sure will feel,
& act, & keep very still. Please be so kind as to write
N Hawkins on the subject care of Win. L. Watkins Esq., Rochester
New York. Should be most happy to meet you again; & talk matters
more freely. Hope this is my last effort in the begging line.