A. Laurence to Governor Henry A. Wise, 26 October 1859.
Boston. Oct. 26. 59.
From the Telegrhic. Report of the trial of Capt. Brown
it appears to be uncertain whether he will have a trial in the usual
form. Permit one who loves the whole country as much as yourself
to urge on you the necessity of securing this. Brown is a Puritan,
whose mind has become disordered by hardship & illness. He has
the qualities wh. endear him to our people & his sudden execution
would send a thrill of horror through the whole North. From his
blood would spring an army of martyrs all eager to die in the cause of
human liberty. I am sure that I express the
Yr obt serv
Amos A. Laurence
Governor's Office, Letters Received, Henry A. Wise, Record Group 3, Library of Virginia.