Friday, August 11, 2017

Theodore Parker to Judge Thomas Russell, April 1857

Sunday Morning.

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.

Yours truly,
T. P.
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

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