Harper’s Ferry, John Brown, Letter from Frederick Douglass

November 11, 1859

A large part of this edition is devoted to response to Harper’s Ferry, and to Brown.

Letter from Frederick Douglass
Some excerpts: “The taking of Harper’s Ferry was a measure never encouraged by my word or by my vote, at any time or place…. I therefore declare that there is no man living, and no man dead, who, if living, could truthfully say that I ever promised him or anybody else, either conditionally or otherwise, that I would be present in person at the Harper’s Ferry insurrection……Some reflection may be made upon my leaving on a tour to England at this time. I have only to say, that my going to that country has been rather delayed than hastened by the insurrection at Harper’s Ferry. All knew that I had intended to leave here in the first week of November.”