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    John Brown of Osawatomie Signed Document. One page, front and verso, 7.5" x 12.5", July 18, 1828, Meadville, Pennsylvania. The document is an article of agreement between Arthur Cullum and Brown, in which Cullum sells a one-half lot to Brown for $125. The document is docketed and notarized on the verso. Boldly signed by Brown. Toned with some staining, slight weakness at the folds, else near fine.

    John 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 (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.

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