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

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03007.22 Author/Creator: Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926) Place Written: Petrolia, California Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 2 December 1888 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Wonders why there is so much evil in the world, is thankful for the good people she has known, and rejoices in the election of Benjamin Harrison as President. Has recently moved from Rohnerville to Petrolia. Wonders "why some people were ever permitted to be born into the world, They never seem to have a kind thought or do a good act, their lives are all wrong. Why did a good God create so much evil and so little that is really good, in the human race?" Despite this, feels lucky to have known some great men, "even if they are lost" too soon. On politics "greatly rejoiced with the results of the Presidential election, as I do not think we have outgrown the Republican party yet." Approves of the Democrats idea of temperance in principle, "but not in the party," since she mistrusts them, and all temperance associations. Also notes injury to one of her daughters, sends him a fern sample, and discusses local foliage.

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

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: African American History, John Brown, Abolition, Slavery, Religion, Woman Author, Women's History, Morality and Ethics, President Election, Immigration and Migration, Politics, American West, Democratic Party, Republican Party, Temperance and Prohibition, Alcohol, Geography and Natural History, Children and Family, Injury or Wound

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