to Planning the Raid
Wentworth Higginson to John Brown, May 7, 1858
Higginson Papers, Boston Public Library.
Sanborn writes an alarming letter of a certain H[ugh]. F[orbes].
who wishes to veto our veteran friends project entirely. Who the
man is I have no conception but I utterly protest against any
postponement. 1 f the thing is postponed, it is postponed for
ever for H. F. can do as much harm next year as this. His malice.
must be in some way put down or outwitted & after the move
is once begun, his plots will be of little importance. I believe
that we have gone too far to go back without certain failure,
& I believe our friend the veteran will think so too.