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John Brown, Autograph Letter, Signature

John Brown Sells His Cattle, Moves on to Syracuse




John Brown, abolitionist, writes about selling his cattle and more.

In full: “I write just to say I have finally sold my cattle without risking much sacrifice; & expect to be on the way home tomorrow. Oliver expects to remain behind & go to Kansas. After I get home I expect to set out with the family for North Elba as soon as we can get ready; yet we may possibly get off this week; but hardly think we can. I have heard nothing yet from the Boys at Kansas. All were well at home a few days since.”

Brown writes from Rockford, Illinois, where he and his sons had spent several weeks trying to sell their livestock. True to his word, he made his way across the country and arrived in Syracuse on June 28, just in time to attend a major anti-slavery convention. There he announced his intention to arm his sons in Kansas, and despite debate on the question of using violence, he was able to earn some financial support for the cause.

Excellent, even with an area of seal-related paper loss at top and a tiny hole touching one word of text.

Brown, John (Abolitionist) Autograph Letter, signed “John Brown” Rockford, IL: 4 June 1855. 4to.; 1p.; addressed by Brown on the reverse of the second integral page. Letter to his son-in-law Henry Thompson in North Elba, New York.