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    [John Brown of Osawatomie] Jason Brown Autograph Letter Signed to His Brother John Brown, Jr. Two pages, 7.75" x 9.75", Akron, Dec. 19, 1858. Good content letter sharing his plans to move and asking his brother for a loan. Jason also includes a transcription of a letter from their father, John Brown, Sr.: "We had a short line from Father a day or two ago dated Oswat [Osawatomie] Dec 3rd. He says 'I have but little more time to write, than to say that my health is some improved and that the friends here are middling well. There is in some border of the counties South of here a very bad state of feeling at this time which may end in bloodshed and may go off in gasp. I have but just returned from the south, and expect to go back at once. When I shall get ready for my other journey; or know how to have you direct to me, I am unable to say yet...' ... Father said he had collected some money for us some time ago of Day and Simpson..."

    On the very day this letter was written, Brown, Sr. received a visit from a black man from Missouri who begged Brown's aid in rescuing his family from slavery before they were sold further South. In response to the man's pleas, Brown and a a small company went into Missouri stole away a total of eleven slaves and brought them back to Kansas. A reward was issued for Brown's capture; in response Brown printed handbills offering a reward for the capture of President James Buchanan. (John Brown, by William Elsey Connelley).

    A postscript along the left margin on the verso reads: "Gerrit Smith will let you off, and give you back your money gladly for the sake of starting and Anti Slavery colony there." With two spots of foxing that go through to verso, otherwise very good to near fine condition.


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