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Gerrit Smith, one of the "Secret Six," confined in mental institution at Utica, New York

Gerrit Smith, detail
11/07/1859
The family of Gerrit Smith delivered him to the State Lunatic Asylum in Utica, New York.  Smith had been implicated as one of the "Secret Six" that had indirectly aided John Brown and his actions in Virginia and the pressures upon him had been so great since the bloodshed that the director of the asylum, John Perdue Gray, described his condition as life-threatening.  He remained in the institution until December 29, 1859. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
 Oswald Garrison Villard, John Brown, 1800-1859: A Biography Fifty Years After (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1910), 534-536.

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