A Plea for Captain John Brown

A Plea for Captain John Brown
Read to the citizens of Concord, Mass., Sunday Evening, October 30, 1859.

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A Plea for Captain John Brown by Henry David Thoreau

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A Plea for Captain John Brown
Read to the citizens of Concord, Mass., Sunday Evening, October 30, 1859.

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ity in Kansas, as you all know. Such were his humanities and not any study of grammar. He would have left a Greek accent slanting the wrong way, and righted up a falling man.

He was one of that class of whom we hear a great deal, but, for the most part, see nothing at all,--the Puritans. It would be in vain to kill him. He died lately in the time of Cromwell, but he reappeared here. Why should he not? Some of the Puritan stock are said to have come over and settled in New England. They were a class that did something else than celebrate their forefathers' day, and eat parched corn in remembrance of that time. They were neither Democrats nor Republicans, but men of simple habits, straightforward, prayerful; not thinking much of rulers who did not fear God, not making many compromises, nor seeking after available candidates.

"In his camp," as one has recently written, and as I have myself heard him state, "he permitted no profanity; no man of loose morals was suffered to remain there, unless, inde

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