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Brown, John -- Correspondence relating to John Brown and the raid on Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Call Number: MS E.5.1, pts. 1&2

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence relating to the abolitionist John Brown (1800-1859), specifically the unsuccessful armed slave rebellion he led at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Collection dates range from 1847 to 1904, with bulk dates between 1858 and 1860. Letters concern such matters as raising money in support of the raid and Brown’s subsequent trial; issues with Hugh Forbes and preparations for the uprising; the aftermath of the failed raid; and the rescue attempts made for Aaron Dwight Stevens and John Doy. Correspondents include Thomas Wentworth Higginson,Franklin Benjamin Sanborn, John Brown, Samuel Gridley Howe, and John W. LeBarnes. The majority of the letters are addressed to Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

Dates

  • Majority of material found in 1847-1860
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1904

Creator

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Biographical or Historical Information

John Brown (1800-1859) was an abolitionist who led an unsuccessful armed slave rebellion on a government armory in Harpers Ferry,  West Virginia.  Brown was captured and convicted of both murder and treason.  He was hanged on December 2, 1859.

Extent

200.00 Items

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection contains correspondence relating to the abolitionist John Brown (1800-1859), specifically the unsuccessful armed slave rebellion he led at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Of the 200 letters in the collection, 15 are written by Brown to his family, Franklin Benjamin Sanborn, and Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

Arrangement Note

Arranged alphabetically.

Source of Acquisition

Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

Method of Acquisition

Gift.

Related Materials

MS q AM 1996, vols. 1 and 2  Memoranum [sic] Book of John Brown, Franklin, Portage Co. Ohio.

https://archive.org/details/memoranumsicbook01brow

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Rare Books and Manuscripts Department staff.
Title
Brown, John -- Correspondence relating to John Brown and the raid on Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Date
09/03/2014
Description rules
Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2014-06: Updated by Rachel Stanton, June 2014.

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