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    The son of abolitionist John Brown expresses his concern for the "milions of my Brothers . . . who are Stripped of their all"

    [John Brown of Osawatomie] Owen Brown Autograph Letter Signed to his "Brother and Sister". One page, 7.75" x 10", September 6, 1858, Akron, containing wonderful content showing Owen Brown's concern for those in slavery and for his father, abolitionist John Brown. In part as written: "Our case may not be compared with the millions of our Brethren, Gods honest industrious, Poor men of Alabama, Louisiana, Georgian Etc. . . . When I think of the millions of my Brothers as good or better than I who are Stripped of their all who, with unrequited toil, are worked to death in 4 or 5 years while their affliction is so deep as I give no utterance, & at the same time reflect that I have but one short precarious life within millions of centuries. . . . Let my right arm drop from my shoulder, if I am ever so negligent, careless, indifferent, as I forget my Brethren, Gods poor, honest, laboring men." Brown continues by expressing his concern for his father: "Father has had endless discouragements and difficulties to encounter since he engaged in his work. The discouragements of this season must be very great, yet at the same time, he will not say it; on account of the effect it might have on others. As he is now in a measure unoccupied, he perhaps wants something to encourage & divert himself with. I think that I had better try & do what little I can to assist him."

    The letter was written thirteen months before John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry. Owen was the only family member involved to survive the raid and aftermath (John Brown survived the raid but was hanged in December 1859). Also included in this lot is a printed "Tribute to Owen Brown" (1889) prepared for the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and written by member Margaret Parker. Both items are toned and fine.


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