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Brown, John (1800-1859) to Frederick Brown & Jeremiah Brown

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04463.01 Author/Creator: Brown, John (1800-1859) Place Written: Tabor, Iowa Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 October 1856 Pagination: 1 p. ; 25 x 20 cm.

Leaving Kansas, his poor health, and the health of his sons. Says he is leaving Kansas "both on business: & to recover my health," as he is suffering from "Dysentary & Chill Fever." However, "I expect to go back should the trouble continue" Mentions his half-sister Fiorella Adair and her family. Says John Jr. "is very much broken down; & altered by his troubles" which included being beaten and imprisoned. Brown was also inclined to leave Kansas because he was a wanted man there, and because his homestead had been destroyed. Written to his brother Frederick and half-brother Jeremiah, less than a month after leaving Kansas.

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