n.d.. Piece of wood, approximately 3" x 1" x 0.5", accompanied by a vintage card upon which was penned "A piece of the Tree / That John Brown / made his last Speech / under at Charlestown Va. / Pres by Mr John J. Creesey."In the August 2, 1861, edition, the editor of the Charlestown [then Virginia, now West Virginia] Free Press, wrote, "The field upon which old John Brown and his confederates were hung, was visited by thousands of the army, and a locust tree under which, some waggish boy said, John Brown made his last speech' -- and which, by the way, was not within a hundred yards of the place of the gallows -- was chopped down, and pieces large enough for a plough-beam carried away. Not a vestige of the tree is left -- stalks of the growing corn were also taken, together with pebbles and earth. We name these things as exhibiting human curiosity, if not depravity."Includes a printed 2.25" x 3.75" uncommon black and white bust image captioned "John Brown." (Inventory #: 60609)
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