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Thompson Brown, Ruth to Mary A. Brown

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08296 Author/Creator: Thompson Brown, Ruth Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 19 July 1853 Pagination:

Re: activities at family home in NY, missing her parents, and the possilility of John Brown joining the Congregational church: "father is just such a man as we want in our church."

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