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Doyle, Mahala (fl. 1859) to John Brown

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07590 Author/Creator: Doyle, Mahala (fl. 1859) Place Written: Chattanooga, Tennessee Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 20 November 1859 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: By the widow and mother of three men killed by Brown in the Pottawatomie massacre: "My son John whose life I begged of [you] is grown up and is very desirous to be at Charlestown on the day of your execution, would certainly be there if his means would permit it, that he might adjust the rope around your neck."Published in the Liberator, 16 December 1859. Also quoted in Robert Penn Warren's John Brown: The Making of a Martyr (1929).

People: Brown, John, 1800-1859.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: John Brown, Abolition, Guerrilla Warfare, Death, Death Penalty, Women's History, Children and Family, Slavery, African American History

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