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Alfred H. Stone Collection
Volume: 66

23. W. W. Patton, The Execution of John Brown; A Discourse, Delivered at Chicago, December 4th, 1859, in the First Congregational Church (Chicago: Church, Goodman & Cushing, [1859?]). (14 p.)

Sermon using John 12:25 as its text. “Verily, verily I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” The preacher predicts that John Brown’s death will serve as “a seed of liberty divinely planted at this critical period that by ‘dying’ he ‘might bring forth much fruit.’”