I have written to Colonel Carter that I will be responsive for the payment of thirteen hundred dollars for two hundred revolvers, as you propose, and have requested him to write to you if he accept my proposal.1 If he does not, I will write to you again. If I pay for these revolvers, I shall expect that all the arms and ammunition, rifles as well as revolvers, not used for the defence of Kansas, shall he held as pledged to me for the payment of this amount. To this our committee have assented by a vote passed on Saturday, and I have no doubt you will assent to it. If you do not, let me know your reasons.
SOURCE: Franklin B. Sanborn, The Life and Letters of John Brown, p. 406-7