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ng had been asked upon it; and his Bible was in daily requisition. The night of the 24th of October was originally fixed upon by Brown for the first blow against Slavery in Virginia, by the capture of the Federal Arsenal at Harper's Ferry; and his biographer, Redpath, alleges that many were on their way to be with him on that occasion, when they were paralyzed by the intelligence that the blow had already been struck, and had failed. The reason given for this, by one A certain Col. Hugh Forbes, an English adventurer, and general dabbler in civil discord, who had been with Brown in Iowa, if not in Kansas, afterward figured as a revealer of his secrets, or what were alleged to be such. He had been disappointed in his pecuniary expectations. who was in his confidence, is, that Brown, who had been absent on a secret journey to the North, suspected that one of his party was a traitor, and that he must strike prematurely, or not at all. But the women who had been with them at the Ke
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 1: Whetting the sword. (search)
rown made an agreement with a drill-master, named Hugh Forbes, all Englishman, and a Revolutionary exile, to in a number of young Kansas men in military science. Forbes engaged to be at Tabor, in Iowa, in June, to meet Jse. The entry of Aug. 9 records the arrival of Col. Forbes, (at Tabor,) who from the frequent mention made o among the effects of Old Brown, we suppose to be Hugh Forbes, author of a Manual of the Patriotic Volunteer, tn Brown reached Tabor on the 7th of August, and Colonel Forbes, two days after him. They were obliged to remaids. During this interval of suspense, writes Col. Forbes, Captain Brown advocated the adoption of his planstrike down Slavery. On the 2d of November, Colonel Forbes took steamer at Nebraska City for the East, andborhood of Springdale, and that our instructor, Col. H. Forbes, should be sent on. We stopped in Pedee, Iowa, where we pursued a course of military studies. Col. H. Forbes and Captain Brown had some words, and he (Col.
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 5: assembling to conspire. (search)
. It was then signed by all present. During the interval between the call for the Convention and its assembling, regular meetings were held at Barbour's Hotel, where we were stopping, by those who were known to be true to the cause, at which meetings plans were laid and discussed. There were no white men at the Convention, save the members of our company. Men and money had both been promised from Chatham and other parts of Canada. When the Convention broke up, news was received that Colonel H. Forbes, who had joined in the movement, had given information to the Government. This, of course, delayed the time of attack. A day or two afterwards most of our party took the boat to Cleveland — J. H. Kagi, Richard Realf, William H. Leeman, Richard Robertson, and Captain Brown remaining. Captain Brown, however, started in a day or two for the East. Kagi, I think, went to some other town in Canada to set up the type, and to get the Constitution printed, which he completed before he retur
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 3: State evidence. (search)
, and left him. He narrated the conversation between Captain Brown and Governor Wise, when the Liberator was confined in the guard house at Harper's Ferry, in which he said that the prisoner stated, in reply to a question, that he thought he had been betrayed to the Secretary of War, but had practised a ruse to prevent suspicion; yet refused to inform them whom he believed to be the traitor, or how he had acted to avert the consequences of the betrayal. John Brown thus alluded to Colonel Forbes and his own third visit to Kansas. During the examination of this witness, a despatch arrived from Cleveland, announcing that Northern counsel would arrive in Charlestown that evening; whereupon the Virginia counsel for John Brown, in his name, asked that the cross-examination might be postponed till the following morning. It was already late in the evening, but the prosecuting attorney resisted the request, because: If the cases were not pushed on, the whole balance of the ter
James Redpath, The Public Life of Captain John Brown, Chapter 11: the victory over death. (search)
eported: He told them to stand up like men, and not betray their friends. He then handed them a quarter of a dollar each, saying he had no more use for money, and bade them adieu. He then visited Cook and Coppoc, who were chained together, and remarked to Cook: You have made false statements. Cook asked: What do you mean? Brown answered: Why, by stating that I sent you to Harper's Ferry. Cook replied: Did you not tell me in Pittsburg to come to Harper's Ferry and see if Forbes had made any disclosures? Brown: No, sir; you knew I protested against your coming. Cook replied: Captain Brown, we remember differently, at the same time dropping his head. Brown then turned to Coppic and said: Coppoc, you also made false statements, but I am glad to hear you have contradicted them. Stand up like a man. He also handed him a quarter. He shook both by the hand, and they parted. The prisoner was then taken to Stevens's cell, and they kindly interchanged greeti
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, VII. Kansas and John Brown (search)
as Garibaldi; but he had studied guerrilla warfare for himself in books, as well as in Europe, and had for a preceptor Hugh Forbes, an Englishman who had been a Garibaldian soldier. Brown's plan was simply to penetrate Virginia with a few comrades,e seemed drawing toward the consummation of his plans, when letters began to come to his Massachusetts supporters from Hugh Forbes, already mentioned, threatening to make the whole matter public unless we could satisfy certain very unreasonable demaght otherwise. He came again to Boston (May 31, 1858), when I talked with him alone, and he held, as I had done, that Forbes could do him no real harm; that if people believed Forbes they would underrate his (Brown's) strength, which was just theForbes they would underrate his (Brown's) strength, which was just the thing he wished; or if they overrated it, the increased terror would perhaps counterbalance this. If he had the means, he would not lose a day. But as I could not, unaided, provide the means, I was obliged to yield, as he did. He consented to postp
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, Index. (search)
12, 79, 189. Everett, Mrs., Edward, 12. Fallersleben, Hoffmann von, 101. Falstaff, quoted, 174. Farlow, W. G., 59. Farrar, Mrs., John, 90. Faust, 244. Fay, Maria, 34, 74, 75. Fay, S. P. P., 75- Fayal, Voyage from, 196. Felton, C. C., 53, 54. Fichte, J. G., 102. Fields, J. T., 176, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 292. Fillmore, Millard, 136. Finnegan, General, 262. Fiske, John, 58, 59. Fitzgerald, Lord, Edward, 66. Fletcher, Andrew, of Saltoun, 183. Follen, Charles, 16. Forbes, Hugh, 220, 221, 222. Foster, Abby Kelley, 146. Foster, Dwight, 88. Foster, S. S., 116, 146, 327. Fourier, Charles, 101. Francis, Convers, 100, 101. Franklin, Benjamin, 16. Free Church of Worcester, 146. Freeman, Watson, 155. Freiligrath, Ferdinand, 100. French, J. H., 245. Frithiof's Saga, 101. Frothingham, 0. B., 44, 005, 006, 175. Froude, J. A., 272, 277, 278, 279. Froude, Mrs. J. A., 277. fugitive Slav epoch, the, 132-166. Fugitive Slave Law, Passage of, 135. Fulle
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XI: John Brown and the call to arms (search)
roject Mr. Higginson and his friends were willing to cooperate and to help raise the needed money. I am always ready, Higginson wrote to John Brown, to invest money in treason, but at present have none to invest. At this juncture a certain Hugh Forbes, who had drilled John Brown and his men in guerrilla warfare, threatened to expose his plans unless unreasonable demands for money could be met. Thereupon, the majority of Brown's Boston advisers advocated postponing the whole affair until thel I knew—and whether that would have done good or harm, I cannot now say. So far as John Brown is concerned, I should like this for an epitaph, The only one of John Brown's friends and advisers who was not frightened by the silly threats of Hugh Forbes into desiring that year's delay which ruined the enterprise. I had the old man's own assurance that in his secret soul he regarded this delay as an act of timidity—and acted on it only because those who held the purse insisted. Afterwards
113. Emerson, George B., asks Higginson to write youthful history of United States, 284, 285; success of history, 286-88. Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 68, 129, 193; anecdote about, 87; described, 96, 130; at Anti-Slavery meeting, 201; visit to, 266; influence of, 270; Concord celebration for, 390. Epictetus, 263, 329, 365, 369, 409. Faneuil Hall. meetings at, 144. Farragut, Admiral, 260, 261. Fayal and the Portuguese, 164, 408. Fields, James T., 229, 275, 280; letter to, 277. Forbes, Hugh, threatens Brown's plans, 191, 200. Francis, Dr., 78. Free Religious Association, 398; Higginson's address at, 164; his activity in, 268; similar English organization, 336, 337. Free Soil Party, 89-91, 115. Frothingham, O. B., 78; on Higginson's style, 156. Froude, J. A., 323. Fugitive Slave Law, 111, 114, 144, 148. Future Life, The, in In After Days, 254, 428. Galatea Collection founded by Higginson at Boston Public Library, 284. Galton, Francis, and Higginson, 328