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#304 - John Brown

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Rare twice-signed John Brown document—exactly one year before his execution
Description                           Estimate: $5,000 - 7,000          

Choice ADS, signed twice, “John Brown, Agent of National Kansas Committee,” one page, lightly-lined, 7.75 x 3.5, December 2, 1858. A desirable autograph receipt, in full: “Received of Rev S L Adair $10, Ten Dollars in part payment of the National Kansas Committee claim against Andrew Updegraff. John Brown Agent of the National Kansas Committee. Also received of same one pair Pants & one pair Mitts, Decem 2d 1858, John Brown Agent of National Kansas Committee.” In fine condition, with trimmed edges.

Reverend Samuel Lyle Adair was the husband of Brown’s half-sister, and their home served as a refuge for Brown while in Kansas. On December 20, Brown led a raid into Missouri to attack two pro-slavery homesteads and freed eleven slaves; over the course of the next few months he helped lead them to safety in Canada. In the meantime, his close circle of supporters—the ‘Secret Six’—raised funds and garnered support while in the final planning stages for the Harpers Ferry raid. Brown’s attempt to spur a slave revolt by capturing the Harpers Ferry arsenal came in mid-October but his attack was suppressed within two days. Captured and found guilty of treason against the commonwealth of Virginia, Brown was hanged on December 2, 1859. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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