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Brown, John Jr. (1821-1895) to Gerrit Smith

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08361 Author/Creator: Brown, John Jr. (1821-1895) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 November 1856 Pagination:

Written right after his release from arrest in Lindenbille, Ohio: "All of our Family have now returned from Kansas, except my brother Frederick who was shot in cold blood a few hours before the battle of Osawattomie. We have not however given over the contest with slavery. . ."

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