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Collection Reference Number GLC03007.19
From Archive Folder Collection of John Brown documents from Alexander M. Ross 
Title Anne Brown Adams to Alexander M. Ross rebutting magazine claims that her father's plans were conceived in Kansas
Date 15 May 1888
Author Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926)  
Recipient Ross, Alexander Milton  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Knows that John Brown first conceived of raiding Harpers Ferry before going to Kansas, no matter what magazines say. Reporters "say 'It is impossible to trace exactly how and when the Harper's Ferry invasion first took shape in John Brown's mind, but the indications are that it grew little by little out of his Kansas experience.' Now in reply to this I will say that my father explained his plan to capture Harper's Ferry in all its details, to me, the winter before he, or any member of his family, were in Kansas." Declares Brown also thought of New Orleans instead of Harper's Ferry, but gave it up. Discusses family's move to Kansas.
Subjects African American History  John Brown  Abolition  Slavery  Woman Author  Women's History  Children and Family  Bleeding Kansas  Immigration and Migration  
People Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926)  Ross, Alexander Milton (1832-1897)  Brown, John (1800-1859)  
Place written Rohnerville, 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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