WRITING HOME to HIS Mother, Siblings & Cousins, ABOUT THE DEATH OF HIS SISTER MARTHA. John Jr Brown.


Dorset, Astabula Co., Ohio: March 26, 1860. Four pages, three pages of text, approximately three hundred words written in ink in a clear, legible hand, the fourth page with a pencil note: "Love to all. Ever & truly Jas Redpath". Very good. John Brown, Jr., 1821-95, was the son of abolitionist John Brown. He was a member of the Kansas state legislature beginning in 1856 and served in the Union Army during the Civil War. This letter was written just over three months after his father was convicted of murder, conspiracy and treason and hung at Charles Town [West] Virginia. Brown writes to his family: "Dear Sister Ruth, Mother, Brothers Sisters Cousins, I have yours informing me of the death of our dear sister Martha. My heart bleeds... you say she was something of a believer in Spiritualism... if to believe that death is but a stepping stone to a higher mode of existence--that we take with us to that state of being all that we are now..." He goes on to describe at length the limits of his belief in spiritualism. Brown says that Mr. Redpath, Barclay Coppoe, and Owen are with him. Barclay Coppoe was a Quaker abolitionist (who had a falling out with the Quakers for being militant) and a member of John Brown's party. James Redpath (1833-1891) was a journalist, editor of the New York Tribune at age 19, and a staunch abolitionist. "Mr. Redpath says there has been some talk of our folks moving from North Elba (a black community founded on land donated by the Anti-Slavery campaigner, Gerrit Smith) and establishing some where in the vicinity of Worcester, Mass. I do hope not...the family would be forced into a class of society, which in a pecuniary respect at least they could not stand with as equals...our family were not made to shine in the drawing-rooms of wealth and distinction--the wild and rugged "Adirondacs" with their pure air, clear streams, and placid lakes constitute our most natural surroundings...". A fine letter revealing of John Brown, Jr.'s personality and character. Item #63730

Price: $750.00

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