Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 65,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Brown, John (1800-1859) to brother and sister Adair re: concern for his son Owen

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07229 Author/Creator: Brown, John (1800-1859) Place Written: Hudson, OH Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1856/12/10 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written while on the run from authorities after Pottawatomie massacre: "Owen (my son) is I trust somewhere on the way from Iowa; but I have a good deal of anxiety about him, as I learn that I was hotly pursued even in Iowa. I can only say that God has miraculously preserved and spared us." Docketed.

People: Brown, John, 1800-1859.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: John Brown, Children and Family, Religion, African American History, Slavery

Sub Era: Slavery & Anti-slavery The Crisis of the 1850's