LETTER FROM VICTOR HDGO.
the Kings is past, and the day of the peoples dawns, and to
the people Ave are bound frankly to speak the truth) — the
executioner of Brown would be neither the attorney Hunter,
nor the judge Parker, nor the Governor Wise, nor the State
of Virginia; it would be, though we can scarce think or
speak of it without a shudder, the whole American Republic.
The more one loves, the more one admires, the more one
venerates that Republic, the more heart-sick one feels at the
contemplation of such a catastrophe. A single State ought
not to have the power to dishonor all the rest, and in this
case there is au obvious justification for a federal interven¬
tion. Otherwise, by hesitating to interfere when it might
prevent a crime, the Union becomes a participator in its guilt.
No matter how intense may be the indignation of the gener¬
ous Northern States, the Southern States force them to share
the opprobrium of this murder. All of us, no matter who
we may be, who are bound together as compatriots by the
common tie of a democratic creed, feel ourselves in some mea¬
sure compromised. If the scaffold should be erected on the
16th of December, the incorruptible voice of history would
thenceforward testify that the august Confederation of the
New World, had added to all its rites of holy bro'herhood a
brotherhood of blood, and the fasces of that splendid Repub¬
lic would be bound together with the running noose that hung
from the gibbet of Brown !
This is a bond that kills.
When we reflect on what Brown, the liberator, the champion
of Christ, has striven to effect, and when we remember that
he is about to die, slaughtered by the American Republic, the
crime assumes an importance co-extensive with that of the
nation which commits it — and when we say to ourselves
that this nation is one of the glories of the human race ; that,
like France, like England, like Germany, she is one of the
great agents of civilization; that she sometimes even leaves
Europe in the rear by the sublime audacity of some of her
progressive movements; that she is the Queen of an entire
world, and that her brow is irradiated with a glorious halo of
freedom, we declare our conviction that John Brown will not
die; for we recoil horror-struck from the idea of so great a
crime committed by so great a people.
Viewed in a political light, the murder of Brown would be