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    [John Brown] Jason Brown Autograph Letter Signed to his brother John Brown Jr. Four pages, 7.75" x 9.75", January 3, 1859, "Akron O[hio]". Written exactly six months before John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry and discussing financial matters, Kansas, and the Brown family. With usual folds; fine.

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    In this letter, the son of abolitionist John Brown expresses his desire to "live in some healthy part of Kansas again", especially near Pike's Peak, which he wanted to explore as a possible residence: "About the Mountains again, I had no thought of moving next spring, but if I can bring it around so as to leave Ellen and Charley comfortably situated here, I would like to go and see and feel some of the country . . . . You say you must devote this year to making money, so must I, but the question is where can we do it to the best advantage. We might if we could contrive to get enough to go there and back, make more in a few months than we could in as many years here, (and might not get anything but some experience). . . . The very name of Kansas sounds dearer to me than that of any other country on Earth! We have dearly earned good homes there, and I intend have mine! Another thing we as a family are bound together by ties stronger than the mere names of Father, Mother, Brother, and Sister. To me it is stronger and more lasting than this life, although sometimes I have shown a different spirit. . . . The Rocky Mountains are my land mark, and I will work on with my face 'set forward'. . . . Now John: I am exceedingly anxious to have you go with me--Can't you in some way start on the exploring trip next spring--where there is a will, there is almost always some way." Signed "J.B." In 1858, gold was discovered near Pike's Peak, which was part of the Kansas Territory until 1861.



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