Brattleboro, May 9, 1858.
I regard any postponement, as simply abandoning the project; for if we give it up now, at the command or threat of H. F., it will be the same next year. The only way is to circumvent the man somehow (if he cannot be restrained in his malice). When the thing is well started, who cares what he says?
SOURCE: Franklin B. Sanborn, The Life and Letters of John Brown, p. 458-9