ngler, Armstead M. Ball, Joseph A. Brua, William Johnson, Lewis P. Starry, Archibald H. Kitzmiller, were sworn in open Court this 26th day of October, 1859, to give evidence to the Grand Jury upon this bill of indictment.
Teste: Robert T. brown, Clerk. A true copy of said indictment. Teste: Robert T. Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, in the State of Virginia. Which bill of indictment the Grand Jury returned this 26th day of October. A true bill. Thomas Rutherford, Foreman. October 26, 1859.
Before the indictment was read, as Mr. Faulkner had gone home, the Court requested a Mr. Green, a Virginian, to act as assistant counsel for the defendants.
It was understood that all the prisoners were willing that this arrangement should be made.
Appeal for a decent delay.
John Brown then rose and said:
I do not intend to detain the court, but barely wish to say, as I have been promised a fair trial, that I am not now in circumstances that enable me t
o an ignominious doom was pronounced upon him. After recapitulating his offences set forth in the indictment, the Clerk of the Court said:
Gentlemen of the Jury, what say you?
Is the prisoner at the bar, John Brown, guilty, or not guilty?
Clerk. Guilty of treason, and conspiring and advising with slaves and others to rebel, and murder in the first degree?
Not the slightest sound was heard in the vast crowd as this verdict was thus returned and readForeman. Yes.
Not the slightest sound was heard in the vast crowd as this verdict was thus returned and read.
Not the slightest expression of elation or triumph was uttered from the hundreds present, who, a moment before, outside the Court, joined in heaping threats and imprecations on his head; nor was this strange silence interrupted during the whole of the time occupied by the forms of the Court.
Old Brown himself said not even a word, but, as on any previous day, turned to adjust his pallet, and then composedly stretched himself upon it.
Mr. Chilton moved an arrest of judgment, both on accou