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[487] Herald's report of the interview between Brown on his1 pallet, Senator J. M. Mason of Virginia, and C. L. Vallandigham, a Democratic Representative from Ohio. This report not only saved Brown's wrecked enterprise from moral fiasco, but first made public his real purpose, which ‘insurrection’ did not fairly describe. On this point Mr.2 Garrison had no secret information. His non-resistant views had marked him as an impossible confidant. At the Massachusetts Society's anniversary meeting on January3 27, 1859, he listened without suspicion to Mr. Higginson's mention of Brown's December raid from Kansas into4 Missouri—carrying off eleven slaves, whom he conducted to Canada—‘as an indication of what may come before long’; the speaker himself only alluding at that time to “[Underground] Railroad business on a somewhat extended scale,” Sanborn's Brown, p. 436. to use Brown's own words to him. The nearest Mr. Garrison had come to accidental cognizance of Brown's designs, was the receipt, in June, 1858, of a5 letter from Sydney Howard Gay, asking his good offices with the Boston Kansas Committee on behalf of Col.6 Hugh Forbes-known neither to Mr. Gay nor to Mr. Garrison as Brown's ‘drill-master,’ whose betrayal of confidence had just caused a year's postponement of the7 invasion. To a son of Mr. Garrison's, his playmate, Francis Jackson Meriam, who presently enlisted under8 Brown, had vaguely confided his thought of embarking in the adventure of which he was one of the few uncaptured survivors. Garrison first met John Brown, to know9 him, and face to face,10 one Sunday evening in January, 1857, in Theodore Parker's parlors. He saw in the famous11 Kansas chieftain a tall, spare, farmer-like man, with head disproportionately small, and that inflexible mouth which12

1 Lib. 29.169, 170; Sanborn's Life of Brown, p. 562.

2 Lib. 29.175, 198.

3 Lib. 29.18.

4 Lib. 29.7, 18, 47, 55, 119; Sanborn's Life of Brown, p. 481.

5 Ms. June 12.

6 Sanborn's Life of Brown, pp. 425-433.

7 Ibid., p. 460.

8 Ante, p. 424.

9 Sanborn's Brown, p. 445.

10 John Brown wrote to his wife from the jail in Charlestown, Va., Nov. 26, 1859: ‘I once set myself to oppose a mob at Boston where she [Lucretia Mott] was. After I interfered, the police immediately took up the matter, and soon put a stop to mob proceedings. The meeting was, I think, in Marlboroa Street Church, or Hotel, perhaps’ (Sanborn's Life of Brown, p. 605). Does this point to the dedication of the Marlboroa Chapel on May 24, 1838 (ante, 2: 218, 219)?

11 Jan. 4, 11, 18?

12 Ibid., p. 628.

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