Boston, May 4, 1857.
Dear Sir, — Being desirous of aiding Captain Brown In his Kansas enterprise, I am willing to purchase of you the two hundred revolvers, to be delivered to him as proposed, and to pay you by my note at four months from date of delivery. This will give me time to get the money, should I wish to raise the amount by subscription. Should you accept my proposition, you will please notify Captain Brown that you are ready to deliver; and your draft, accompanied by his receipt for the property, will be accepted.
SOURCE: Franklin B. Sanborn, The Life and Letters of John Brown, p. 407