John Brown at age fifty  
copy of original daguerreotype ca. 1848/50 taken in Troy, New York
photographer possibly Samuel Lear Walker  
Sixth plate daguerreotype by M. M. Lawrence Studio in New York,
Edwin Church (partner of S.L. Walker)

Anonymous owner.  Digital reproduction Collection of Jean Libby, Allies for Freedom


        Tossed in a bureau drawer,

     a-moldering twixt the Good Lord bird

     and firebell in the night

         Mirrored silver put to right.

    Gilt and leather measure the palm

    Yardstick law would find guilty as charged

    To hang by the neck until this guilty land
          
          Under God

    Should be forever free.



        Jean Libby, Allies for Freedom, April 17, 2014