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Brown, Jason (1823-1912) to Ruth Brown

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06348.01 Author/Creator: Brown, Jason (1823-1912) Place Written: Akron, Ohio Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1 November 1850 Pagination: 2 p. ; 25 x 19 cm.

Inquires if she has been married and discusses family business. Hears rumors that Ruth has been married to a Mr. Thompson, and wishes to know if it is true. In fact, Ruth had married Henry Thompson, a neighbor at North Elba, one month earlier. Also discusses the various movements of members of the family, including John Brown.

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