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Collection Reference Number GLC03007.38
From Archive Folder Collection of John Brown documents from Alexander M. Ross 
Title Anne Brown Adams to Alexander M. Ross about the unkindness of Mary Stearns and the misspending of funds raised to support the Brown family
Date 10 January 1894
Author Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926)  
Recipient Ross, Alexander Milton  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Discusses Mary Stearns and a fund to help her family. Explains that Mrs. Stearns liked her father, but not his family, recounts a story of her unkindness, and wonders if Stearns has become infirm in her old age. Adams claims to hold no grudge against her. Also discusses a fund set up by John Brown's wealthy supporters to help his family. Says the money was misspent, and she received very little from it, and that much due only to the work of Franklin Sanborn. Says she has been very ill lately, and apologizes for inconveniencing him with news of her troubles.
Subjects African American History  Transcendentalism  John Brown  Reform Movement  Charity and Philanthropy  Poverty  Health and Medical  Women's History  Finance  Abolition  Slavery  Woman Author  
People Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926)  Ross, Alexander Milton (1832-1897)  Brown, John (1800-1859)  Stearns, Mary E. Preston (fl. 1859)  Sanborn, F. B. (Franklin Benjamin) (1831-1917)  
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. Mary E. Preston Stearns was the wife of George Stearns, who was one of John Brown's Secret Six.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
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