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Catalog Number 2016.02.0049
Object Name Letter
Date 1827
Title 1827 December 24 John Brown to Elizabeth Watts Brown
Scope & Content Letter from John Brown (Louisville, KY) to his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Watts Brown (Frankfort, KY). John discusses moving furniture and slaves, likely he is dissolving his brother Preston Brown's estate (after his death in 1826). Brown writes of the steamboat, the Speedwell, and using it to ship Preston and Elizabeth's furniture from Louisville to Frankfort. He mentions arrangements for the following slaves (and their families): Maria, Patience, Julia, and Johnston. Brown writes that he has not been in touch with the following slaves: Malinda, Theodoria, or Flournoy. He also has not heard from Worthington (a business partner). Brown also mentions that he cannot find tow lining but found flax lining instead.

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Louisville Monday 24th Dec 1827

Dear Sister

In less than fourteen hours after we left Frankfort the Speedwell arrived in safety at this place. She is expected to set out on her return to Frankfort on Wednesday, & by her I intend to send up as great a portion of your furniture as can go with safety. That part deposited at Mrs. Prestons is now on board, except your Looking Glasses which at the request of Mrs. Rucks were removed & hung up in Mrs. Prestons drawing room. I have not yet examined the state of those left at Graysons but have a Waggon engaged & in the morning shall commence removing to the Boat as many articles as she can conveniently take in. Maria & family are to go up. Patience is better but not free from chills. I do not know how to dispose of her. Shall I send her up or will it be better for the present to send her to her Mother at the Salt Landing. I do not expect to be able to find any one who will take her & Children & do them Justice. Julia appears to be in fine health & Spirits, & is anxious to remain with her Husband who is a likely young mulatto man who would hire her time if the regulations of the town would permit it. They are looking out for a place. I have not seen Malinda or Theodoria, nor either of the little Girls nor can I hear any thing of Flournoy. I fear his Boat passed before I arrived. No letter or intelligence from Worthington. They were well at the Salt landing a few days ago & Johnston still there. I shall go down as soon as I have arranged matters here. I cant find any tow lining here but shall send you some excellent flax lining at 23 Cents per yard. Give my love to Margaretta & say that I have not time to write, but shall send her some Crackers - Accept for yourself & all the family the Compliments of the Season

Adieu
J. Brown

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Mrs. Elizabeth Brown
Frankfort K.y

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Louie Dec. 24
People John Brown
Elizabeth Watts Brown
Margaretta Mason Brown
Samuel Worthington
Search Terms Slavery
Steamboats