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DEAR WIFE AND CHILDREN, ALL, If Watson and D. should set out soon after getting this, it may be well. They will avoid saying anything on the road about North Elba,. It will be quite as well to say they are from Essex County ; and need not say anything about it unless they are questioned, when they had better say as above. Persons who do not talk much are seldom questioned much. They should buy through tickets at Troy or at New York for Baltimore, where they will get tickets for Harper's Ferry j and there, by inquiring of Mr. Michael Ault, who keeps the toll-bridge over which they have to pass, they can find I. Smith on the Kennedy farm. Watson will be a son and D. his brother-in-law Thompson, if any inquiry is made at the bridge or elsewhere. They had better not bring trunks- We are all well. May God abundantly bless and keep you all! Your affectionate husband and father.
- Life and Letters of John Brown; Liberator of Kansas, and Martyr of Virginia, 1885, F. B. Sanborn.