Tabor, Fremont County, Iowa, Sept. 16, 1857.
General James H. Lane.
My Dear Sir, — Your favor of the 7th inst. is received. I had previously written you expressive of my strong desire to see yon. I suppose you have my letter before this. As to the job of work you inquire about, I suppose that three good teams, with well covered wagons, and ten really ingenious, industrious (not gassy) men, with about one hundred and fifty dollars in cash, could bring it about in the course of eight or ten days.
Very respectfully your friend,
SOURCE: Franklin B. Sanborn, The Life and Letters of John Brown, p. 401