Saturday, August 5, 2017

Henry David Thoreau to Harrison Blake,* October 30, 1859

Concord, Oct. 31 [1859].

Mr. Blake, — I spoke to my townsmen last evening, on “The Character of Captain Brown, now in the Clutches of the Slaveholder.” I should like to speak to any company in Worcester who may wish to hear me: and will come if only my expenses are paid. I think that we should express ourselves at once, while Brown is alive. The sooner, the better. Perhaps Higginson may like to have a meeting. Wednesday evening would be a good time. The people here are deeply interested in the matter. Let me have an answer as soon as may be.

Henry D. Thoreau.

P. S. I may be engaged toward the end of the week.

* Thoreau’s editor.

SOURCE: Franklin B. Sanborn, The Life and Letters of John Brown, p. 506

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