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The Magnet and the Iron: John Brown and George L. Stearns The Stories Behind the Busts

Cabinet Card of John Brown Bust (A.C. Russell)

Exhibit Description:
Card with the A. C. Russell woodcut of the bust of John Brown (by Edward A. Brackett) and a statement by Brown given to George L. Stearns in Medford, 1857: "Mr. Stearns, I consider the Golden Rule and the Declaration of Independence one and inseparable." On the reverse is a handwritten note that the bust was owned by Mrs. Mary Stearns regarding the bust's creation: Wood- cut of the Bust of John Brown in the possession of Mrs. Stearns - the only one in the world. It was taken by her order while awaiting execution in the Virginia Prison, October 1859."
Source:
West Virginia State Archives
Attribution Statement:
Image courtesy of the West Virginia State Archives, John Brown/Boyd B. Stutler Collection
Source URL:
http://www.wvculture.org/history/wvmemory/jbdetail.aspx?Type=Text&Id=1231
Exhibit Tags:
John Brown, George L. Stearns, West Virginia State Archives, and drawings