New York Herald, “A Suggestion to Governor Wise About Old Brown,” November 27, 1859

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    “A Suggestion to Governor Wise About Old Brown,” New York Herald, November 27, 1859, p. 4: 5.
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    Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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    A SUGGESTION TO GOVERNOR WISE ABOUT OLD BROWN. – A prominent feature in our Thanksgiving ceremonials on Thursday was Old Brown and the Harper’s Ferry raid; the sermons of all the Sharp’s rifle preachers fairly teemed with the subject. Would it not be a good idea for Governor Wise to respite Brown for a little while, in order to give him a chance to criticise these discourses? His notes and comments on Beecher’s sermon were so racy, that we might expect a rich treat in the marginal annotations of Old Brown on the dissertations of the other clergymen who made his life, his deeds and his martyrdom the theme of their Thanksgiving orations, to immortalize themselves and make fame out of Old Brown’s capital. He might induce some of these gentlemen, who fire off treason at very long range to deliver one of their elegant discourses down South, as he invited Henry Ward Beecher to do, and thus try their mettle at close quarters. Who knew?

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