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Correspondence | John F. Trow & Co.; The Reprint Company | 1866, 1978
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TO THIE FREE CHURCH OF GLASGOW, ON THE SUBJECT OF SLAVERY. EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,
South Carolina, 21st June, 1844.
SIR .—The last post brought rue your communication,
accompanying the memorial of the Presbytery of the
Free Church of Glasgow, in behalf of John L. Brown,
convicted in this State of aiding a slave in escaping
from her master, and sentenced to be hung in April
last. It will be gratifying to you, seeing the interest
you have taken in the matter, to learn that I have par-
doned Brown. In consequence of representations made
to me in December last by Judge O'Neall, speaking for
himself and the judges of the Court of Appeals, I
commuted his punishment to thirty-nine lashes. Facts,
not known to the jury, nor to the judges, were after-
ward brought to my knowledge, which satisfied me
that Brown had no criminal design in what he did ;
and in the month of March I transmitted to him a full
pardon. I was not at all aware, at that time, of the
great interest taken abroad in behalf of one whose case
I had never heard mentioned here, except on the occa-
sions referred to ; and I was astonished to find myself
overwhelmed soon after with voluminous petitions for