• A Discourse On The Character And Death Of John Brown Provides A Strong Defense Of The Abolitionist's Work

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    Offering “A Discourse on the Character and Death of John Brown,’ delivered in Martinsburgh, NY, Dec. 12, 1859. By S.H. Taft, Pastor of the Church of Martinsburgh.  Second Edition. Steam Printing House of Carter, Hussey and Curl. Introduction by J.H. Morrison, D.D., Des Moines [Iowa] 1872. Original printed wrappers. 24 pp, with an additional two pages on Humbolt College in Iowa, where Taft was president and founder. 

    The first edition’s receptivity and scarcity are referred to in the next and noted as the reason for printing a second edition. 

    This discourse provides a history of Brown’s action and denies the long-held belief that Brown was a madman, common during the period and long thereafter. 

    As part of the preface, Taft writes, “...My Discourse on the Character and Death of John Brown was published...in compliance with the wishes of a very few radical abolitionists...It was favorably noticed by the New York Independent and some other public journals, by reason of which I received numerous orders for it from all parts of the Northern States, which soon exhausted the edition. In the summer of 1860, I also received letters from Hon. Gerrit Smith, Rev. Dr. Cheever, and other leading abolitionists, expressing hearty approval of the discourse, after which it slumbered for six years almost as quietly as John Brown’s body – in the grave. But since the close of the war I have received numerous letters asking for copies...for which reason I have published this second edition.” Gerrit Smith was one of the Secret Six who clandestinely provided money to fund Brown’s raid on the Harpers Ferry Federal arsenal. 

    This edition mistakenly states that Brown was born in 1700. He was born in 1800.

    A few chips to the cover with some soiling and staining. Pages are generally very clean and bound by string. 

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