My Dear Judge, — If John Brown falls into the hands of the marshal from Kansas, he is sure either of the gallows or of something yet worse. If I were in his position, I should shoot dead any man who attempted to arrest me for those alleged crimes; then I should be tried by a Massachusetts jury and be acquitted.
P. S. I don't advise J. B. to do this, but it is what I should do.
SOURCE: Franklin B. Sanborn, The Life and Letters of John Brown, p. 512