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

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03007.31 Author/Creator: Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926) Place Written: Petrolia, California Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 2 May 1892 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discusses her sister, Ruth Brown Thompson and Ruth's husband Henry Thompson. Both have failing health. Argues that Kansas should give Henry a pension, since he fought under John Brown at the Battle of Black Jack to help keep Kansas a free state. Gives some details about the Brown family's time in Kansas, and emphasizes that her father began planning the Harpers Ferry raid before going to Kansas.

People: Adams, Anne Brown, 1843-1926.
Ross, Alexander Milton, 1832-1897.
Brown, John, 1800-1859.
Thompson, Henry, 1822-1911.
Thompson, Ruth Brown, 1829-1904.

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: African American History, John Brown, Abolition, Slavery, Children and Family, Health and Medical, Bleeding Kansas, Battle, Pension Woman Author, Women's History, Poverty

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