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Collection Reference Number GLC03007.30
From Archive Folder Collection of John Brown documents from Alexander M. Ross 
Title Anne Brown Adams asking Alexander M. Ross to denounce Richard W. Howard, who claimed to have been with John Brown at Harper's Ferry
Date 19 February 1892
Author Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926)  
Recipient Ross, Alexander Milton  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Hopes to unmask a man pretending to have been at Harpers Ferry with John Brown. "It is my wish that you publish this Richard W. Howard, who claims to have been with John Brown at Harper's Ferry, as a fraud and a humbug. It is evident that he intends to make a money making scheme out of this, by exhibiting himself as a last survivor. I think he ought to be 'nipped in the bud' before he has time to blossom into a full blown impostor." Sent in response to an article in the Chicago Tribune Ross sent her about Howard. Wants to prove this man was never at Harpers Ferry. She is "certain that he was not there." Admits impostors are common. "The number of men who claim to have slept with John Brown the last night he was in Kansas are so numerous, that I have often wondered how wide that wonderful bed was."
Subjects African American History  John Brown  Abolition  Slavery  Woman Author  Women's History  Forgery and Fraud  
People Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926)  Ross, Alexander Milton (1832-1897)  Brown, John (1800-1859)  
Place written Petrolia, California
Theme Slavery & Abolition; Women in American History
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1860-1945
Additional Information Anne Brown Adams was the daughter of John Brown. Alexander M. Ross was a famous Canadian naturalist, also a prominent abolitionist and a strong supporter of John Brown.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
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