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

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03007.14 Author/Creator: Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926) Place Written: Rohnerville, California Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 2 January 1887 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Saddened that she cannot get his writings concerning John Brown published in any newspaper. Suggests she try the "Toledo Blade." Cannot believe "that people would be so united in suppressing a truth." Is upset by the publishing of so many private family letters that she sees as irrelevant. Wishes authors would instead speak to her and Solomon, since John Brown confided so closely in them. "They would not dare insult a living person in that way. Why not respect the dead?"

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, Literature and Language Arts, Journalism, Woman Author, Women's History, Children and Family

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