Digital History>eXplorations>John Brown: Hero or Terrorist?>The Execution>John Brown to Mrs. Stearns

John Brown to Mrs. George L. Stearns, November 29, 1859

Source: 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.

Farewell! Farewell!


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