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Letter from Lydia Maria Child to John Brown, October 26, 1859

Exhibit Description:
Letter from Lydia Maria Child in Wayland, MA, to John Brown while in prison, October 26, 1859. (Note: The front and back page of this letter have been placed side by side.) In the letter, she decries Brown's violence, but assures him "that no honest man ever shed his blood for freedom in vain, however much he may be mistaken in his efforts."
Kansas State Historical Society
Child, Lydia Maria
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Image courtesy of, Kansas State Historical Society, Copy and Reuse Restrictions Apply
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Kansas State Historical SocietyLydia Maria ChildJohn BrownlettersdocumentsWaylandWest Virginia