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Kansas State Board of Agriculture
First Biennial Report

Greenwood County

1878

A TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY OF JOHN BROWN.


At the request of this Department, Governor Geo. T. Anthony has furnished the following correspondence relating to the John Brown medal:

"PARIS, February 2d, 1878

"To His Excellency, the Governor:

"We have read In the journal of the European United States, published at Geneva, under date of November 19th, ultimo, that a monument had been erected at Osawatomie, In Kansas, to the memory of John Brown, and that it was inaugurated in your presence. The journal added that the Legislature of Kansas had moreover decided to present to the Federal Congress at Washington, a statue of John Brown, to be placed in the rotunda of the Capitol, at Washington. This good news has caused us to think that you would receive with interest the following communication.

John Brown Medalion

"Just before the recent Franco-German war, a subscription committee was organized of French Republicans, for the purpose of presenting to the widow of John Brown a golden medal commemorative of the memory of her husband, of his sons, and of his companions, who died victims to their devotion to the cause of freeing the Blacks. The sending of this medal, delayed by political events, was effected on the 21st of October, 1874. It will doubtless be agreeable to you to receive a duplicate of said medal in bronze, and we forward it to you with the suggestion that you cause it to be deposited, in some museum of the State of Kansas, or better, perhaps, at the foot of the statue which may be erected at Washington, or in the monument at Osawatomie.

"Be pleased to accept, Governor, the assurance of our fraternal sentiments.

  PATRICE LARROQUE,
      Member of the Subscription Club.

The Delegate of the Club,
      CAPRONY,
            29, Avenue d'Orleans, Paris.

John Brown's Cabin
JOHN BROWN'S CABIN Near Osawatomie, Miami Co.
(From a photograph by A. W. Barker.
"The John Brown Association was
composed of -
VICTOR HUGO.
ETIENNE ARAGO.
JULES BARRI.
LOUIS BLANC.
CAPRON.
CH. CHASSIN.
CONTANT.
P. LORGNEAUX.
MELVIL MONECOURT.
LAURENT PICHAT.
EUGENE PELLETON.
ELISEE RECHUS.
SCHOELSHER [VICTOR].
CHAPITET DE LYON.
LATTERADE A BORDEAUX.
E. MAUGIN A NANTES.
MICHAUD A LYON.
MESDAMES GAIL.
ANDRE LEO.
CLAMAGERAN.
DAUBIE.
Organized in November, 1868"

GOVERNOR ANTHONY'S RESPONSE.

      "EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, Topeka, Kansas, Nov. 25th, 1878

" SIR: - I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your valued communication, dated Paris, February 2d, 1878. The information it conveys to me is very interesting, and for it I am profoundly grateful to you.

John Brown Monument
JOHN BROWN MONUMENT.
In S. E. part of Franklin Co.,
near 0sawatomie, Miami Co.
(From a photograph by A. W. Barker)
"It was a noble thought, a fitting deed for representative Republicans of France, to pay tribute to the representative martyr Republican of the United States, by the procurement and presentation of a golden medal to the widow of John Brown, 'in commemoration of the memory of her husband, of his sons, and of his companions, who died victims to their devotion to the cause of freeing the Blacks.' It illustrates a grand and hopeful truth, that a kindred love and a common impulse binds in one the lovers of justice and the defenders of liberty, regardless of nationality or residence.

"It is exceedingly agreeable to me to receive from your association a duplicate of the medal for deposit in the archives of the State of Kansas, and to thank you in the name of the people therefor. Please accept assurance that in its disposal your expressed wishes will be respected as far as it is possible.

"Your information was quite correct as to the erection of a monument to the memory of John Brown at Osawatomie, his place of residence in this State; and I may add that such monument embodies and represents the respect and veneration due from a free people to the memory of a man who died to make men free. I regret, however, to Inform you that up to this time the Legislature of Kansas has not provided for a statue to be by the Federal Congress placed in the rotunda of the Capitol at Washington, as you had been led to believe. That such action will eventually be taken I have little doubt, as each year to fix more firmly in the hearts of the people a respect and love for his character.

"With this I hand you an engraving of 'John Brown's Cabin,' still standing as it did when it domiciled the 'old hero' during his residence in Kansas; also one of the Monument, to which reference is made by you.

These engravings are diminutive in size, and do not represent a high style of the graver's art, but they are faithful to the life, and for this reason may be of some interest to your association.

"Very respectfully yours,
GEO. T. ANTHONY,            
Governor of Kansas.

PATRICE LARROQUE, Member of the Subscription Club. The Delegate of the Club, CAPRONY, 29, Avenue d'Orleans, Paris."

Transcribed from First Biennial Report of the State Board of Agriculture to the Legislature of the State of Kansas, for the Years 1877-8 embracing statistical exhibits, with diagrams of the agricultural, industrial, mercantile, and other interests of the state, together with a colored outline map of the state, and sectional maps, in colors, of each organizaed county, showing their relative size and location, railroads, towns, post offices, school houses, water powers, etc., etc. Topeka, Kansas: Kansas State Board of Agriculture. Rand, McNally & Co., Printers and Engravers, Chicago. 1878.


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