I am as content to die for God’s eternal truth on the scaffold as in any other way. Taken from a letter to his children on the eve of his execution, 2 december 1859.
John H. Brown was an American abolitionist leader. Brown felt that violence was necessary to end American slavery, as years of speeches, sermons, petitions, and moral persuasion had failed.
An intensely religious man, Brown believed he was raised up by God to strike the death blow to American slavery