John Brown's Bible

The Bible directed John Brown's adult life. A stern Calvinist by temperament and outlook, he was not a formal member of any organized church. Still, Brown read the Bible daily, receiving inspiration from both the Old and New Testaments. Brown marked passages which spoke to him in his family Bible.
Although slavery often is condoned in the Bible, Brown believed that the Golden Rule--Do unto others as you would have them do unto you--implicitly condemned slavery. In Brown's eyes, God supported violence in the service of a just cause. Read more »

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0085
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Portrait Of Ruth Thompson

In John Brown's will of December 1, 1859, dated one day beffore his execution, he states: "I give to my daughter Ruth Thompson my large old Bible, containing the family record." Ruth Thompson was Brown's oldest surviving daughter.

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.1022.0086
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park