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

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03007.38 Author/Creator: Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926) Place Written: Petrolia, California Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 10 January 1894 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discusses Mary Stearns and a fund to help her family. Explains that Mrs. Stearns liked her father, but not his family, recounts a story of her unkindness, and wonders if Stearns has become infirm in her old age. Adams claims to hold no grudge against her. Also discusses a fund set up by John Brown's wealthy supporters to help his family. Says the money was misspent, and she received very little from it, and that much due only to the work of Franklin Sanborn. Says she has been very ill lately, and apologizes for inconveniencing him with news of her troubles.

People: Adams, Anne Brown, 1843-1926.
Ross, Alexander Milton, 1832-1897.
Brown, John, 1800-1859.
Stearns, Mary E. Preston, fl. 1859.
Sanborn, F. B. (Franklin Benjamin), 1831-1917.

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: African American History, Transcendentalist, John Brown, Reform Movement, Charity and Philanthropy, Poverty, Health and Medical, Women's History, Finance, Abolition, Slavery, Woman Author

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