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BROWN, JOHN ("of Osawatomie"), Radical abolitionist. Autograph letter signed ("John Brown") with an initialled postscript, to Simon Perkins, Springfield, Mass., 4 November 1848. 1 page, 4to, 250 x 198mm. (9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in.), integral address leaf with panel in Brown's hand, minor surface soiling.

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BROWN, JOHN ("of Osawatomie"), Radical abolitionist. Autograph letter signed ("John Brown") with an initialled postscript, to Simon Perkins, Springfield, Mass., 4 November 1848. 1 page, 4to, 250 x 198mm. (9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in.), integral address leaf with panel in Brown's hand, minor surface soiling.

BROWN TO HIS LAST BUSINESS PARTNER

Brown placates his long-suffering business partner in a wool-trading venture: "..[B]efore this date you have received some two or three others [letters] from me that will probably relieve your anxiety. I was perfectly aware that the notice from Mrs. Walker would trouble you; although there was not the least need of it...Mr. Walker said he had no other way but to send you one. The note was all paid last week, & we have funds sufficient I think; to meet all our engagements promptly, & without difficulty. You may rest assured of the fact that our credit could not stand better & that I will let you know seasonable should there be the least prospect of trouble ahead. Have made no further sale...Please say to my boys that all are well..." Like most of Brown's business ventures his wool-trading partnership with Perkins came to grief: "prolonged litigation followed; and one suit involving $60,000 for breach of contract was settled out of court..." (DAB).
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