Concord, Sunday, Oct. 30, 1859.
Thoreau reads a paper of his on John Brown, his virtues, spirit, and deeds, at the vestry this evening, and to the delight of his company, I am told, — the best that could be gathered on short notice, and among them Emerson. I am not informed in season, and have my meeting at the same time. I doubt not of its excellence and eloquence, and wish he may have opportunities of reading it elsewhere.
SOURCE: Franklin B. Sanborn, The Life and Letters of John Brown, p. 506