In the January 20, 1860 Liberator, with the country in great conversation about the recently executed John Brown, there is an item under the heading, John Brown in Prison. In the article Garrison writes: There is but one thing to write about now — but one object for our country to contemplate, for the world indeed to gaze at, astounded: … the most revolting since Christ’s crucifixion is now transpiring before us. History will pause long before it. Poets, Painters, sculptors, will find it to tax the highest resources of their art to translate its language into their several vernaculars. They can have none of modern times, at least, grander than John Brown in the presence of his accusers”.