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Brown, John (1800-1859) to Mrs. Brown and children re: his homecoming

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07617 Author/Creator: Brown, John (1800-1859) Place Written: Winchester, [Ohio?] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1839/06/19 Pagination: 1 p. + addr. 24.7 x 20 cm

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07617 Author/Creator: Brown, John (1800-1859) Place Written: Winchester, [Ohio?] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1839/06/19 Pagination: 1 p. + addr. 24.7 x 20 cm

"I have left no stone unturned to place my affairs in a more settled & comfortable shape, & now should I after all my labour & sacrifice of boddy & mind, be compelled to return a verry poor man, how will my family receive me."

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