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

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03007.13 Author/Creator: Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926) Place Written: Rohnerville, California Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 January 1886 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Hopes he enjoyed seeing "your 'refugees,'" probably referring to the slaves which Ross helped escape before emancipation. Says "It is well that we sometimes are allowed to reap a rich harvest of gratitude for our labors for others, in this world, if we did not we might sometimes become weary in well doings." Is still forwarding his works on John Brown to a San Francisco paper in the hope they will be published. Mentions hardships of motherhood and approach of Christmas.

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, Refugees, Runaway Slave, Fugitive Slave Act, Emancipation, Literature and Language Arts, Journalism, Holidays and Celebrations, Children and Family, Woman Author, Women's History

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