The Question and Answer section for The Scarlet Letter is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
I'm sorry, there is no character named "Brown" in the novel, The Scarlet Letter.
I think that the decay of Custom House speaks to the decay ofthe puritan ethos. The Scarlet letter is a metaphor of a decaying sosiety that has long been poisoned by hypocricy and power politics.
Governor Bellingham and Reverend John Wilson