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    [John Brown of Osawatomie] Owen Brown Autograph Letter Signed to His Brother John Brown, Jr. Two pages with a partial integral sheet also filled with text, 8" x 10", Akron, June 28 and July 11, 1858. Great content letter sending news about his activities and personal struggles. Owen also includes a transcription of a letter received from their father, John Brown, Sr. who was writing from Kansas. From Brown, Sr.'s letter: "Lawrence, Kansas, 28th June / 58. Dear Sons & Wife, I reached Kansas on the 26th Inst. came here last night and leave here today [underlined for emphasis] for the scene of late troubles, which it would seem are not over yet. I can write you but a few words now. Write me under sealed Blank Envellope of your welfare; & of all that will interest me, till further advised [underlined for emphasis] directing Stamped on outside to Rev. S L Adair Osawatomie Kansas Ter...May the God of Our Fathers be Your God. Your Affectionate Father." John Brown had recently returned to Kansas to consult with friends and supporters.

    The rest of Owen's letter is tightly scripted and nonsensical at times: "... they sing noise like an old cat thats half ded [sic] with the sick headache, with a whole lot of little kittens following her around yelling and squalling & crying & teasing for bred [sic] & milk, bread & Batter, cookies & the Cookoo, is a gray collared Bird & makes a curios [sic] nois [sic] in the woods on the banks of the Cuyahoga River..." A few spots of discoloration and light soiling, otherwise very good. Written from a tempestuous period of time in the Brown family. Owen Brown would be alongside his father at the attack on Harper's Ferry Armory. He was the only Brown to escape the failed attack. Brothers Oliver and Watson would perish during the fight, and his father who would be executed by hanging after capture.

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