The Execution of John Brown, 2 December 1859 – and Victor Hugo’s Thoughts on John Brown

Posted on November 29th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

‘No, not tired; but don’t keep me waiting longer than necessary’ – John Brown

John Brown, the radical abolitionist of slavery, was hanged in Charles Town, Viriginia, on 2 December 1859, after being found guilty of treason against the state of Virginia.

Here is a dramatic newspaper story – published just three weeks after the event – that reports on the execution of Brown.

As a special bonus, we’ve also included a letter written by Victor Hugo in 1860, in which he offers his thoughts on John Brown.

historical newspaper report on The Execution of John Brown

Newcastle Journal – Saturday 24 December 1859

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historical newspaper report on The Execution of John Brown

Wells Journal – Saturday 23 June 1860

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