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Thompson, Ruth Brown (1829-1904) to Alexander M. Ross

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03007.48 Author/Creator: Thompson, Ruth Brown (1829-1904) Place Written: Pasadena, California Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 12 May 1899 Pagination: 6 p. ; 20.5 x 13 cm.

Summary of Content: She and all of her family hope that Ross will come to visit them. Praises him for his tireless work for others. Says she never met Lucretia Mott, nor Harriet Tubman, but admires them both and says of Tubman "what an old soldier she has been. Recounts a visit with old friends. Last two pages found on page 24 of GLC3007.56.

Background Information: Ruth Brown Thompson was John Brown's daughter. Alexander M. Ross was a famous Canadian naturalist, also a prominent abolitionist and a strong supporter of John Brown.

People: Thompson, Ruth Brown, 1829-1904
Ross, Alexander Milton, 1832-1897
Brown, John, 1800-1859
Mott, Lucretia, 1793-1880
Tubman, Harriet, 1822-1913

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Subjects: African American HistoryJohn BrownAbolitionSlaveryWoman AuthorWomen's HistoryFriendshipCharity and PhilanthropyUnderground RailroadRunaway SlaveFugitive Slave Act

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