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Brown, John (1800-1859) to Mary Ann Brown

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00928 Author/Creator: Brown, John (1800-1859) Place Written: Brown's station, Kansas Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 13 March 1856 Pagination: 1 p. ; 25 x 19 cm.

Wonders if a free state candidate from Kansas has been "allowed...a seat in Congress," since "that would set Kansas matters right at once." Reports that he has "again written Mr. [William Henry] Hurlbut of Connecticut about the battle." Discusses personal affairs and asks her to send more news. Also written to his children, some of whom are with Mary.

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