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Collection Reference Number GLC03007.17
From Archive Folder Collection of John Brown documents from Alexander M. Ross 
Title Anne Brown Adams to Garibaldi Ross giving biographies of the men involved in the raid on Harpers Ferry and discussing her role at Kennedy Farm before the raid
Date 15 December 1887
Author Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926)  
Recipient Ross, Garibaldi  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Brief biographies of the men involved in the raid on Harpers Ferry, and discussion of her job keeping house for the men as they prepare. Writes to Alexander Ross' son, because "Your father has requested me to tell you the story of my life at, or recollections of, Kennedy Farm, during the Summer of 1859." Gives a physical description of the house, the finding of the house, her life during this time, and then biographies of the raiders who lived there. Presents "John Brown, not the one the world knew him, but my father, as I knew him." Claims "He told me of his plan to make a raid on Harper's Ferry the winter before he or any of our family went to Kansas." Thinks former slaves should see her father "as a Moses," and upset they do not. Notes that "Of all the little band gathered at Kennedy Farmhouse I am now the only one left." Author inferred from content.
Subjects African American History  John Brown  Abolition  Slavery  Woman Author  Women's History  Home Furnishings  Children and Family  Religion  Emancipation  
People Adams, Anne Brown (1843-1926)  Ross, Garibaldi (fl. 1887)  Brown, John (1800-1859)  Brown, Oliver (1839-1859)  Brown, Owen (1824-1889)  Ross, Alexander Milton (1832-1897)  
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. Garibaldi Ross was the son of Alexander Ross, a famous Canadian naturalist, prominent abolitionist, strong supporter of John Brown, and friend of Giuseppe Garibaldi.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945