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"Brutus" to Governor Henry A. Wise, n.d. [ca. November 1859].


You are very Eloquent in denouncing old Brown, as a Vile traitor

Because he wished to free the Poor Black Slaves; 

But how different you are in speaking of George Washington; the

Chief of the White Rebels, "Consistency thou are a jewel"

Oh how gloriously, and God-like to oppose British Slavery,

To shoot, murder, hang confiscate, axe any thing to gain

Freedom; Boston then was the Cradle of Liberty, now the nursery

of treason;

"How very strange that wrong and right;

"Should all depend on Black and white"

If it was right for the whites, Pray inform us how it is wrong for the

Blacks, "Sauce for the goose ought to be sauce for the gander"

George Washington could hang Major Andre, and help to Rob

England of her Property; and he Elevated to the Presidentcy

But, old Brown must be Elevated to a gibbet,

    "honest Iago"

Now Sir we wish to inform you, that this is not the last attempt that will be made to aid the Poor Slaves; you may tremble

For fear, for come it will like a thunderbolt; though one

Two, or ten may fail and suffer, others will arise untill

The "Black star is erased from america's flag

Yours until



There as many a wise been a wisecare

Governor's Office, Letters Received, Henry A. Wise, Record Group 3, Library of Virginia.