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Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926) to Alexander M. Ross

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03007.16 Author/Creator: Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926) Place Written: Rohnerville, California Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 19 October 1887 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discusses the Alcott family in Concord and her approval of sick patients eating very little. Inquires after the Alcott family, with whom she used to live. Mentions Louisa May Alcott. States her firm belief that underfeeding sick patients can be good for them, and that overfeeding them is harmful. Ends with "As ever a friend of liberty, truth, and progress."

People: Adams, Anne Brown, 1843-1926.
Ross, Alexander Milton, 1832-1897.
Brown, John, 1800-1859.
Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: Diet and nutrition, Transcendentalist, Women's History, John Brown, Abolition, Slavery, African American History, Health and Medical, Woman Author, Women's History, Literature and Language Arts

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