DescriptionJohn Brown, Sr. of Osawatomie Autograph Document Signed With an Additional Four Complete Signatures Appearing Throughout the Text and Docket. ADS "John Brown" adding a drawn seal with what is likely his fingerprint, one page, 8" x 12.75", "in the County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania", May 1, 1833. A promissory note in the amount of two hundred dollars owed to "Milton A. Lusk of township of Hudson and County of Portage in the State of Ohio" for "land lying in the township of Hudson & county of Portage, and known as a part of lot no. 73 and no. 74 it being one equal and undivided right to the on third part of the real estate of Amos Lusk decd and the property of the heirs of Dianthe Brown."
Brown had moved to New Richmond, Pennsylvania with his first wife Dianthe Lusk in 1825. In 1832, a year prior to the writing of this document, Brown had lost both one of his infant sons as well as his wife Dianthe. Just prior to this loss, Brown had lost another child and had been ill. The mounting tragedies resulted in great debt, exemplary of which is this bond made out to his father-in-law, on which Brown is using land left by his late wife, as collateral. Just a short month after the date of this document, Brown would marry his second wife, Mary Ann Day.
John Brown, Sr. (1800-1859) is undoubtedly one of the most controversial figures of the 19th Century. History has both vilified him as a religious fanatic guilty of the Pottawatomie Massacre, and in turn as hero sometimes credited with starting the chain of events that would eventually lead to the freeing of the slaves. The current consensus on Brown is that he was a man of strong faith and will, who died a martyr to the cause of abolition.
With minor staining at the right margin, this manuscript is in very good to near fine condition; and is particularly unique being that it may contain what is likely the only known example of Brown's fingerprint, which is used to ratify the drawn seal.
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