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John Brown letter to John Henrie Kagi

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who is in situation to do it I have agreed with, But he would not agree to get them all out in less than eight weeks. Perhaps he can finish one-half the number soon if you desire it. But he has positively agree to have them all out in Eight weeks. I find that some of the handles have come up missing, and I shall not be able to make out more than about 950. Considering the delay and the extra trouble I am to be in I think you will be satisfied with that number. I could have finished them when I bad been under way for much less , than I can now.
Wishing you peace and prosperity, I remain,
Yours Truly,
Chas. Blair.

[Endorsed, "Charles Blair's Receipt for $300” by Brown and directed in Blair's hand writing, "Old John Brown." There is no envelope.]

Head Quarters War Department, Near Harper’s Ferry, Md.
Whereas Watson Brown has been nominated a Captain in the army established under the Provisional Constitution—
Now, therefore, In pursuance of the authority vested in us by said constitution, We do hereby appoint and commission the said Watson Brown a Captain.
Given at the office of the Secretary of War this day, Oct. 15th, 1859.
John Brown, Commander-in-chief.
H. Kagi, Secretary of War.

CHAMBERSBURG, P., 30th June, 1859

John Henrie, Esq’r:
Dear Sir:
We leave here today for Harper’s Ferry (via) Hagerstown. When you get these you had best look on the Hotel register for I. Smith and Sons without making much enquiry. We shall be looking for cheap lands near the Rail Road in all probability.
You can write I. Smith and Sons at Harper’s Ferry should you need to do so.
Yours in Truth,
I. Smith.


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Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts from January 1, 1836, to April 15, 1869; Preserved in the Capitol at Richmond, Volume XI. Richmond, 1893: [59] 324. H.W. Flournoy, secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginal and state librarian.

The state papers include documents which were transcribed for John Brown's trial in November 1859. They had been found in a trunk and in a carpetbag under the floorboards at the Kennedy Farm.

John Henrie, Esq'r was a pseudonym for John Henrie Kagi, earlier on this page named Secretary of War.

The image was provided by Jean Libby


Collection Location:

Brown, John, 1800-1859; Washington County (Md.), history

Washington County (Md), 1859

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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