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    [John Brown of Osawatomie] Jason Brown Autograph Letter Signed to His Brother John Brown, Jr. Two pages, 7.75" x 10", Akron, Nov. 27, 1858, with a short note by Owen Brown signed "O X" at the closing. Good content letter referencing abolitionist Gerrit Smith and encouraging John's plans to establish a community at Pike's Peak. In part: "If you will get together a company of picked men with families (Gerrit men) who will go to the base of the mountains about Pike's Peak... and make a community of the Radical stamp not gold hunters, but gold men and settle there yourselves, I wont be certain that we wont join you." Jason also send a small article from the Liberator, included with the lot, announcing that "Martin White, who shot Fred. Brown at the sack of Ossawatamie [sic] in 1856, was recently found dead in his house. The murderer has met his fate..." Frederick Brown had been with John Brown during the guerilla warfare in Kansas. Although Frederick had successfully rescued Brown's men when they were outnumbered by federal militia during the Battle of Black Jack, he would later be killed by pro-slavery guerillas.

    Owen adds a brief note of camaraderie at the end of Jason's letter: "... I am fully enlisted in the idea of equal justice, equal privilages [sic] for all... Life is transient, homes are transient. But Principles, Human liberty & progress are eternal..."

    Both letter and article are in near fine condition, save a few spots of foxing on the letter. Great content and association, and worthy of further research.

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    March, 2009
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