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Trial of John Brown (1859)

February 9, 2013
In October 1859, the abolitionist John Brown attempted to seize a federal arsenal in Harper's Ferry, Virginia. Convicted of treason, he gave a brief statement before his execution.
court
I have, may it please the Court, a few words to say.
design
In the first place, I deny everything but what I have all along admitted, the design on my part to free the slaves.
scale
I designed to have done the same thing again, on a larger scale.
treason
I never did intend murder, or treason, or the destruction of property, or to excite or incite slaves to rebellion, or to make insurrection.
incite
I never did intend murder, or treason, or the destruction of property, or to excite or incite slaves to rebellion, or to make insurrection.
rebellion
I never did intend murder, or treason, or the destruction of property, or to excite or incite slaves to rebellion, or to make insurrection.
insurrection
I never did intend murder, or treason, or the destruction of property, or to excite or incite slaves to rebellion, or to make insurrection.
objection
I have another objection; and that is, it is unjust that I should suffer such a penalty.
candor
Had I interfered in the manner which I admit, and which I admit has been fairly proved (for I admire the truthfulness and candor of the greater portion of the witnesses who have testified in this case), had I so interfered in behalf of the rich, the powerful, the intelligent, the so-called great, or in behalf of any of their friends, either father, mother, brother, sister, wife, or children, or any of that class, and suffered and sacrificed. . .
portion
Had I interfered in the manner which I admit, and which I admit has been fairly proved (for I admire the truthfulness and candor of the greater portion of the witnesses who have testified in this case), had I so interfered in behalf of the rich, the powerful, the intelligent, the so-called great, or in behalf of any of their friends, either father, mother, brother, sister, wife, or children, or any of that class, and suffered and sacrificed. . .
testify
Had I interfered in the manner which I admit, and which I admit has been fairly proved (for I admire the truthfulness and candor of the greater portion of the witnesses who have testified in this case), had I so interfered in behalf of the rich, the powerful, the intelligent, the so-called great, or in behalf of any of their friends, either father, mother, brother, sister, wife, or children, or any of that class, and suffered and sacrificed. . .
behalf
Had I interfered in the manner which I admit, and which I admit has been fairly proved (for I admire the truthfulness and candor of the greater portion of the witnesses who have testified in this case), had I so interfered in behalf of the rich, the powerful, the intelligent, the so-called great, or in behalf of any of their friends, either father, mother, brother, sister, wife, or children, or any of that class, and suffered and sacrificed. . .
intelligent
Had I interfered in the manner which I admit, and which I admit has been fairly proved (for I admire the truthfulness and candor of the greater portion of the witnesses who have testified in this case), had I so interfered in behalf of the rich, the powerful, the intelligent, the so-called great, or in behalf of any of their friends, either father, mother, brother, sister, wife, or children, or any of that class, and suffered and sacrificed. . .
sacrifice
. . . had I so interfered in behalf of the rich, the powerful, the intelligent, the so-called great, or in behalf of any of their friends, either father, mother, brother, sister, wife, or children, or any of that class, and suffered and sacrificed what I have in this interference, it would have been all right;
interference
. . . had I so interfered in behalf of the rich, the powerful, the intelligent, the so-called great, or in behalf of any of their friends, either father, mother, brother, sister, wife, or children, or any of that class, and suffered and sacrificed what I have in this interference, it would have been all right;
deem
. . . and every man in this court would have deemed it an act worthy of reward rather than punishment.
bond
Brown is referring to slaves as those who are held in bondage.
It teaches me, further, to "remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them."
bound
It teaches me, further, to "remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them."
endeavor
I endeavored to act up to that instruction.
despise
I believe that to have interfered as I have done as I have always freely admitted I have done in behalf of His despised poor, was not wrong, but right.
forfeit
Now, if it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and mingle my blood further with the blood of my children and with the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments, I submit; so let it be done!
wicked
Now, if it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and mingle my blood further with the blood of my children and with the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments, I submit; so let it be done!
circumstances
Considering all the circumstances. it has been more generous than I expected.
consciousness
But I feel no consciousness of guilt.
disposition
I never had any design against the life of any person, nor any disposition to commit treason, or excite slaves to rebel, or make any general insurrection.
contrary
But the contrary is true.
regret
I do not say this to injure them, but as regretting their weakness.
accord
Of your own accord can mean of your own free will.
There is not one of them but joined me of his own accord, and the greater part of them at their own expense.

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Sunday March 3rd 2013, 1:10 PM
Comment by: slim J. (NY)
Truly enjoyed these words.

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