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John Brown signed letter with picture

28 Jan. 1837.

Autograph letter signed to Frederick Haymaker Esq, Newton Falls. 28 January 1837. 1 p. Famous Antislavery Activist and Revolutionary, Hung for Murders and his Bold, Fanatic Attack on the Harpers Ferry United States Armory. Boldly Signed “John Brown” Personal Autograph Letter relating to his growing financial frustrations in business, One Page, with integral Address Panel on the back, in Brown’s hand, Choice Very Fine. This letter is addressed on the mailing panel to: “Frederick Haymaker Esq. - ne Newton Falls”. Some later numeric calculations in blue ink located just above that address, and not touching it. Dated at “Hudson 28th Jany 1837/6” (Brown having briefly forgotten the new year was now 1837). This letter is written very clearly and is extremely easy to read, being well written in rich deep brown ink, the paper slightly toned with traces of a prior framing present and having some easily removable very thin old brown paper strips across the extreme top and bottom edges on the reverse side. Most of the original red wax security seal of the envelope remains fully intact, a small 1/2” x 3/4” piece of the letter’s text which was torn and stuck to the wax seal when the letter was opened, now having been expertly replaced to its original location at center. The letter reads, in full: “My Friend Haymaker - The Oil starts hard & slow, but Keep up your courage it starts. I don’t want any apologies for your numerous & pressing calls upon me when your want is so great. I was yesterday on my return from a loaning expedition in which I was partially successful when I received your last kind appeal to my feelings, and honor. All I will say is, I was then doing all I had either the will or ability to do; so don’t give up the ship. The Banks are extremely costive and no loan can be effected but upon hard conditions & I hope your immediate wants after this will not be such as to justify either you or I in submitting to be shaved, but please let me know the worst. I sent you $20. on the 10th inst. by Allen & I now send you $525. by Jason. Please endorse both amounts on my Note according to the dates & return it to me by the boy. Any difference there may be from the interest on the note we will arrange when I see you myself which I hope will be in a few days. My old Mare has been drove so hard that I shall be Obliged if you will keep her & boy till Monday. - Respectfully Your friend - John Brown”. Also, accompanied by ac. 1855 print of John Brown, with a facsimile signature of his printed below, and a three page print out record with the known transcripts of five letters from Frederick Haymaker mailed to John Brown, that are of record, dating between March 24, 1835 thru August 2, 1837, regarding this dire financial situation of John Brown to which this letter is in response. (3 items) In January of1837, Land speculation had reached dizzying heights. John Brown moves his family to Franklin Mills, Ohio, and borrows money to buy land in the area, only to be crushed in the banking and economic turmoil in the Panic of 1837. He was even jailed once. John Brown must have been in need of money, as he had thirteen children!

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[Item #ATG00031]

Price: $9,000.00
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