desire of the friends who contribute it that it should appear exclusively in this volume, for the benefit of the family.
The work is published with the sanction and approval of the family of Captain Brown, as may be seen by the following letters:
North Elba, Dec., 1859. Messrs. Thayer & Eldridge.
Dear Friends: I am satisfied that Mr. Redpath is the man to write the life of my beloved husband, as he was personally acquainted with him, and I think will do him justice. ... I think that the portrait is a very good one.
Yours respectfully, Mary A. Brown.
North Elba, Dec., 1859. Messrs. Thayer and Eldridge.
Dear Sirs: I was somewhat acquainted with James Redpath in Kansas.
I am also familiar with his writings, and I consider him an able biographer, and the man above all others to write the life of my beloved father.
I believe him to be a man of undoubted veracity, and fully believe he will do justice to the work he has undertaken.
Yours respectfully, Salmon Brown.
o their kind regard my poor, bereaved, Widowed wife, and my daughters and daughters-in-law, whose husbands fell at my side.
One is a mother, and the other likely to become so soon.
They, as well as my own sorrow-stricken daughter, are left very poor, and have much greater need of sympathy than I, who, through Infinite Grace and the kindness of strangers, am joyful in all my tribulations.
Dear sister, write them at North Elba, Essex Co., N. Y., to comfort their sad hearts.
Direct to Mary A. Brown, wife of John Brown.
There is also another, a widow, wife of Thompson, who fell with my poor boys in the affair at Harper's Ferry, at the same place.
I do not feel conscious of guilt in taking up arms; and had it been in behalf of the rich and powerful, the intelligent, the great,--as men count greatness,--of those who form enactments to suit themselves and corrupt others, or some of their friends, that I interfered, suffered, sacrificed, and fell, it would have been doing very well.