John Brown wrote his last letter to his family from the Charlestown Jail where he was awaiting execution. He urged them to keep up the anti-slavery fight and expressed a supreme confidence that "our seeming disaster will ultimately result in the most glorious success." He was hanged on the morning of December 2, 1859. (By John Osborne)
W.E.B. Dubois, John David Smith, John Brown: A Biography: A New Edition with Primary Documents (New York: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 1997) , 213-214.