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."
Image courtesy of the West Virginia State Archives, John Brown/Boyd B. Stutler Collection
Article titled "The Stearns Estate" by Justin Wyner, describing the 'Stearns Estate, 1899' painting by William Hauk. This article was published on pages 10-11 of the Spring 1945 edition of the Tuftonian. A black and white copy of the painting was featured on the front cover.
Etching by Victor Hugo of John Brown hanging on the noose after his execution in Charles Town, (West) Virginia, December 2, 1859. While in exile on the Isle of Guernsey, Hugo wrote an open letter requesting that Brown be pardoned; that letter was in fact written the day of Brown's execution. This sketch was used as the frontispiece for a treatise that Hugo published the following year.
Broadside illustrating key events in the enslavement, escape, arrest, return to slavery, and the later manumittence of Anthony Burns, who was returned to slavery under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 after his arrest in Boston in 1854. Printed in Boston by R.M. Edwards, printer, 129 Congress Street, 1855.
Illustrated broadside of the Emancipation Proclamation, showing portraits of some of the Founding Fathers and notable abolitionists, including Gerrit Smith, Charles Sumner, Wendell Phillips, and Lydia Maria Child. Printed by L. Franklin Smith, Philadelphia, PA, 1865.
Etching of the attempted arrest of Franklin Sanborn, 1860, published in Harper's Weekly, 14 April 1860. The caption reads, "Arrest and rescue of Frank B. Sanborn, Esq., at Concord, Massachusetts, on the night of April 3, 1860."
Etching appearing in Harper's Weekly of the 55th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment singing "John Brown's Body." The caption reads, "'Marching on!--The Fifty-fifth Massachusetts Colored Regiment Singing John Brown's March in the Streets of Charleston, February 21, 1865.--[See page 172.]"