Tabor, Fremont County, Iowa, Sept. 30, 1857.
General James H. Lane.
My Dear Sir, — Your favor from Falls City by Mr. Jamison is just received; also fifty dollars sent by him, which I also return by same hand, as I find it will be next to impossible in my poor state of health to go through on such very short notice, four days only remaining to get ready, load up, and go through. I think, considering all the uncertainties of the case, want of teams, etc., that I should do wrong to set out. I am disappointed in the extreme.
Very respectfully your friend,
SOURCE: Franklin B. Sanborn, The Life and Letters of John Brown, p. 402