FREDERICK DOUGLASS. Some weeks since it was announced that Mr. Douglass was about to sail for Europe. He now writes from England a letter, in which he refers to John Brown’s movement in a way indicating some knowledge of his original plan:
Had John Brown pursued his original plan – avoiding a fight altogether, keeping himself and his men scattered abroad in the ravines, caves, and the ten thousand Sevastopols to be found among the Alleghany range of mountains – adding to his number all such as desired to be free, and were willing to suffer hardships and perils to gain it – the insurrection would not have seemed the mad and fruitless thing it now seems. But John Brown has not failed. He has dropped an idea, equal to a thousand bombshells, into the very bastile of slavery. That idea will live and grow, and one day will, unless slavery is otherwise abolished, cover Virginia with sorrow and blood.