Trial of Joseph Brown, page 1 of 6. Joseph Brown was one of 60 people in Hanover tried by Court Martial for sedition in late January and early February 1832 following Sam Sharpe's War. Joseph Brown was the Head Driver and is the only one where the records show witnesses being cross-examined. Despite evidence from a missionary, James Watson, in his defence, Joseph Brown was found guilty and sentenced to death. CO137/185 part 3. © Images reproduced by permission of The National Archives, London, England. The National Archives give no warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for the purpose of the information provided. Images may be used only for purposes of research, private study or education. Applications for any other use should be made to The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU, Tel: 020 8392 5225 Fax: 020 8392 5266.