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Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926) to Garibaldi Ross

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03007.17 Author/Creator: Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926) Place Written: Rohnerville, California Type: Autograph letter Date: 15 December 1887 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Brief biographies of the men involved in the raid on Harpers Ferry, and discussion of her job keeping house for the men as they prepare. Writes to Alexander Ross' son, because "Your father has requested me to tell you the story of my life at, or recollections of, Kennedy Farm, during the Summer of 1859." Gives a physical description of the house, the finding of the house, her life during this time, and then biographies of the raiders who lived there. Presents "John Brown, not the one the world knew him, but my father, as I knew him." Claims "He told me of his plan to make a raid on Harper's Ferry the winter before he or any of our family went to Kansas." Thinks former slaves should see her father "as a Moses," and upset they do not. Notes that "Of all the little band gathered at Kennedy Farmhouse I am now the only one left." Author inferred from content.

People: Adams, Anne Brown, 1843-1926.
Ross, Garibaldi, fl. 1887.
Brown, John, 1800-1859.
Brown, Oliver, 1839-1859.
Brown, Owen, 1824-1889.
Ross, Alexander Milton, 1832-1897.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: African American History, John Brown, Abolition, Slavery, Woman Author, Women's History, Home Furnishings, Children and Family, Religion, Emancipation

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