The Library of Virginia
Amos A. Laurence to Governor Henry A. Wise, 26 October 1859.

Boston. Oct. 26. 59.

Dear Sir

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 opinion desire of all conservative men here when I beg you to insist on a fair trial.

Respectfully utmly

Yr obt serv

Amos A. Laurence

His Excelly

Gov. Wise

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