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Collection Reference Number GLC03007.32
From Archive Folder Collection of John Brown documents from Alexander M. Ross 
Title Anne Brown Adams to Alexander M. Ross wondering whether her children should participate in the "John Brown's Fort" attraction at the Chicago World's Fair
Date 13 September 1892
Author Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926)  
Recipient Ross, Alexander Milton  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Wonders if her children should participate in the "John Brown's Fort" attraction at the Chicago World's Fair. "Mr. Holmes Pres. of the John Brown Fort Co." has asked if her children will come work at the exhibition. At first he promised good wages, but now only offers menial work and little pay. Is now very skeptical, and wonders if she should send her children. Notes that "Ever since John Brown's death, there have been parties raising money on one pretext or another for 'John Brown's poor family.' The poor family have never received but a small amount of what has been claimed to have been raised." Ross is not named as the recipient, but the letter was written to him. Author inferred from content. The Harpers Ferry Armory's fire engine room and guard house in which John Brown and his band held their hostages during their raid became known as "John Brown's Fort." A group of businessmen bought the fort and moved it to Chicago for the 1893 World's Fair. Almost no visitors went, and the Fort was later moved back to Harpers Ferry. Anne Brown's children did not go to Chicago.
Subjects African American History  John Brown  Abolition  Slavery  Expositions and Fairs  Finance  Children and Family  Woman Author  Women's History  Poverty  
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; Children & Family
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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