Vergennes, Vt., May 18, 1857.
George L, Stearns, Esq., Boston, Mass.
My Dear Sir, — . . . In regard to the security you mention, for being responsible for Colonel Carter, I will say, it is most reasonable; but as I deem it most uncertain what will become of things I carry into the war, and as I need arms “more than I do bread,” I propose not to draw on you for the amount named, — thirteen hundred dollars, — and will not.
This, I trust, will be entirely satisfactory to you, and a vastly better security. I am exceeding glad of the arrangement with Colonel Carter, whom I have written. I leave here for the West to-day, with health some improved, and shall be much gratified with getting a line from you, addressed to Orson M. Oviatt, Esq., Cleveland, Ohio. Please remember me to Mrs. S., family, and other friends; and believe me
Your sincere friend,
SOURCE: Franklin B. Sanborn, The Life and Letters of John Brown, p. 406