Chapter 5: the defence.
cared little for posthumous fame; but for his reputation, as a help or hinderance to the cause of the slave, he had a just degree of solicitude.
He did not wish to die with the character of a robber or a murderer.
He desired to show that he had shed no blood, committed no violence, done no uncourteous act, uttered no unkind or vindictive saying, beyond what the furtherance of his plan demanded -above or outside of the absolute necessities of his holy scheme and dangerous situation.
While freely admitting every act that he committed, therefore, and having no hope whatever of a verdict of acquital, or of a pardon, he sought to prove in Court, by the evidence of his enemies, that he had not in any way transcended the obligations of his divinely-appointed mission.
This design, of course, was not acceptable to Virginia
; and her loyal sons, therefore,--Messrs. Botts
,although they often stated their determination to see justice done, took no efficient steps to secure its fulfillment.
This is a copy of the brief directions given to them at the commencement of the trial: it is transcribed