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Collection Reference Number GLC00502
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1857 
Title Appointment of George L. Stearns, Samuel Cabot Jr. and William H. Russell as trustees
Date 14 April 1857
Author Brown, John (1800-1859)  
Additional authors Russell, Thomas (fl. 1857)
Document Type Business and financial document; Legal document
Content Description Appoints George L. Stearns, Samuel Cabot Jr. and William H. Russell as "trustees to hold all funds and other personal property now in my my behalf for the aid of the free state cause in Kansas." This is to take effect only if Brown becomes unable to administer these funds himself. Written, witnessed and signed by Thomas Russell. Russell was a judge, and while he supported Brown, he was not as prominent as some of Brown's other supporters, which is why his house was chosen as a hiding place. Written while Brown was hiding in Russell's house. Having heard that a United States Marshall was headed to New England to arrest him, Brown took refuge in Russell's house for a number of days. Anticipating his possible arrest, he appointed these trustees. During this stay he received $7,000 from George L. Stearns to continue the fight for a free Kansas. It was most likely this gift that encouraged him to write this document.
Subjects African American History  John Brown  African American History  Abolition  Slavery  Law  Finance  Bleeding Kansas  
People Brown, John (1800-1859)  Russell, Thomas (fl. 1857)  Stearns, George Luther (1809-1867)  Russell, William Huntington (1809-1885)  Cabot, Samuel (1784-1863)  
Place written Boston, Massachusetts
Theme African Americans; Slavery & Abolition; Law
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859