Des Moines. 1860. 15pp. Dbd. Minor soiling and wear. Very good. Item #WRCAM45474
One of the most important documents regarding the John Brown Conspiracy. Coppic fled to Iowa after riding with John Brown at Harper's Ferry on October 16, 1859. One month after his arrival in Iowa, where he was met with sympathy, Coppic was discovered by an agent of Virginia and charged as a fugitive from justice. Governor Kirkwood refused to comply with the demand to turn over Coppic, alleging insufficient evidence, but was forced to surrender him upon the second demand, but Coppic had disappeared. In this message Kirkwood defends his course of action, denies Letcher's "insinuations of my sympathy with the crimes lately committed in Virginia," and accuses him of trying to increase sectional prejudice and of supporting those who seek "to destroy the Union if they cannot control it."