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Collection Reference Number GLC03007.15
From Archive Folder Collection of John Brown documents from Alexander M. Ross 
Title Anne Brown Adams to Alexander M. Ross discussing Frederick Douglas' and Franklin Sanborn's writings about John Brown
Date 31 July 1887
Author Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926)  
Recipient Ross, Alexander Milton  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Discusses Frederick Douglas' and Franklin Sanborn's treatment of John Brown in writing. Teaching her children about slavery, they "were interested in the Scraps or Relics of Barbarism you sent." While reading "The Life of Frederick Douglas" to them "When I came to his account of his visit to father at Springfield Mass, they asked if the story about his not eating his supper on an old table without a table cloth was true, I told them 'no' that there was not a word of truth in the statement, neither was there any more truth in his statement that he did not promise to go with father. They refused to hear or read another word of the book, saying that if he did not tell the truth about that, they did not know whether to believe his accounts of other things." Likes Sanborn very much, but wishes he wouldn't include so many private family letters, or "family rubbish" in his writings. Has been too busy with eight children to write more often.
Subjects African American History  Transcendentalism  Slavery  Abolition  Reform Movement  John Brown  Education  Children and Family  Literature and Language Arts  Women's History  Woman Author  Morality and Ethics  Home Furnishings  
People Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926)  Ross, Alexander Milton (1832-1897)  Brown, John (1800-1859)  Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895)  Sanborn, F. B. (Franklin Benjamin) (1831-1917)  
Place written Rohnerville, California
Theme Slavery & Abolition; Women in American History; Children & Family; Education
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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