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Collection Reference Number GLC03007.50
From Archive Folder Collection of John Brown documents from Alexander M. Ross 
Title Anne Brown Adams to Alexander M. Ross defending her father, John Brown, against accusations that he misused donations [Incomplete]
Date ca. 1894
Author Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926)  
Recipient Ross, Alexander Milton  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Defending her father, John Brown, against what appear to be statements that he took money and used it for personal needs. Concludes that Mary Stearns' "mind must be disordered" with age due to statements that she made. The statements seem to imply that she gave John Brown money which he then put to personal use. Refutes these statements, citing Franklin Sanborn's "Life and Letters of John Brown" for support. Recounts the event under debate. Also mentions others who gave her father money, and says it was always used for the greater good. Also upset that Frederick Douglass "never wrote a word of sympathy to mother," and says Douglass hired a man to go to Harpers Ferry in his place. Author and recipient inferred from content. Only the last four pages remain.
Subjects African American History  Transcendentalism  Women's History  Finance  Corruption and Scandal  John Brown  Health and Medical  Literature and Language Arts  Abolition  Reform Movement  Slavery  Woman Author  Finance  Military Substitute  
People Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926)  Ross, Alexander Milton (1832-1897)  Brown, John (1800-1859)  Stearns, Mary E. Preston (fl. 1859)  Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895)  
Place written s.l.
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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