Springfield, Mass., March 31, 1857.
Dear Brother And Sister Adair, — I received Mr. Adair's most welcome letter to-day, and am greatly obliged for it indeed. I also yesterday saw your letter to Mr. Burt, at Canton, Conn. Mr. Burt died in January. In him truth, right, and humanity lost a faithful friend. I have but a moment to write, and but little to say that would afford you any interest, except that friends are well, so far as I know, and that I think of going West somewhere, soon. The excitement is getting up this way in view of Supreme Court proceedings.1 Walker's appointment as governor of Kansas, etc. May God still preserve and keep you all!
Your affectionate brother,
1 The Dred Scott decision.
SOURCE: Franklin B. Sanborn, The Life and Letters of John Brown, p. 388