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

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03007.15 Author/Creator: Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926) Place Written: Rohnerville, California Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 31 July 1887 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discusses Frederick Douglas' and Franklin Sanborn's treatment of John Brown in writing. Teaching her children about slavery, they "were interested in the Scraps or Relics of Barbarism you sent." While reading "The Life of Frederick Douglas" to them "When I came to his account of his visit to father at Springfield Mass, they asked if the story about his not eating his supper on an old table without a table cloth was true, I told them 'no' that there was not a word of truth in the statement, neither was there any more truth in his statement that he did not promise to go with father. They refused to hear or read another word of the book, saying that if he did not tell the truth about that, they did not know whether to believe his accounts of other things." Likes Sanborn very much, but wishes he wouldn't include so many private family letters, or "family rubbish" in his writings. Has been too busy with eight children to write more often.

People: Adams, Anne Brown, 1843-1926.
Ross, Alexander Milton, 1832-1897.
Brown, John, 1800-1859.
Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895.
Sanborn, F. B. (Franklin Benjamin), 1831-1917.

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: African American History, Transcendentalist, Slavery, Abolition, Reform Movement, John Brown, Education Children and Family, Literature and Language Arts, Women's History, Woman Author, Morality and Ethics, Home Furnishings

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