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Brown, Henry, Jr. (fl. 1830) to Courthouse Postmaster of Beverley Va. re: search for runaway slaves

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06972 Author/Creator: Brown, Henry, Jr. (fl. 1830) Place Written: Lynchburg, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1830/10/19 Pagination: 2 p. + news clipping + addr. 25.2 x 20.4 cm

Summary of Content: Includes newspaper advertisement for $100 reward for return of slaves from the estate of John Thompson, named Emmanuel and Bolus.

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Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: African American HistorySlaveryFugitive Slave ActRunaway Slave

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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