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Brown, John Jr. (1821-1895) to Ruth Brown

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04463.05 Author/Creator: Brown, John Jr. (1821-1895) Place Written: Akron, Ohio Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 February 1851 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Relates news of friends and family from "the hill," their house in Ohio. Encloses a letter from "grandfather," most likely Owen Brown. Discusses construction projects, his health, family pastimes, a fire in Akron and Ruth's recent marriage. Asks that she and their brother Owen both reply to him, and that Owen send him as many animal skulls as possible. Plans to leave the house soon, and resume time on the speaking tour. Last page includes a note from Jason Brown.

People: Brown, John Jr., 1821-1895.
Brown, Ruth, 1829-1904.
Brown, Jason, 1823-1912.
Brown, John, 1800-1859.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: John Brown, Abolition, Slavery, African American History, Building Construction, Children and Family, Health and Medical, Firefighting, Marriage, Women's History, Geography and Natural History

Sub Era: Age of Jackson