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Catalog Number 2016.02.0051
Object Name Letter
Date 1834
Title 1834 May 12 John Brown to Elizabeth Watts Brown
Scope & Content Letter from John Brown (Frankfort, KY) to his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Watts Brown (Nashville, TN). Brown delivers the news that Mary Watts Brown has had a baby boy (named John Preston Brown). Mary is the daughter of Elizabeth and the daughter-in-law and niece of John Brown. He also mentions Euphemia, the first child of Orlando and Mary Watts Brown, and remarks that her apperance is better but that she makes no effort to talk. Brown also mentions his anxiety concerning Elizabeth's son, John Preston Brown's education.

[Transcription]

Frankfort 12th May 1834

Dear Sister,

It is with very great pleasure that I take up my pen to inform you that our Dear Mary this morning presented us with a very fine Boy, & that she & her son have at present every prospect of doing well. This interesting occurrence has diffused great Joy throughout this family & I cannot doubt that the intelligence of an additional Grandson will be gladly received by you & welcomed as a fit subject for mutual congratulation. Orlando is still absent but a letter from him rec.d to day states that he will be at home on the 18th which he expected would be in good time Euphemia is very healthy and improves in appearance but makes no effort to talk. Elizabeth Scott & Preston are well. Their Negroe woman Emmy is dead. Your Servants are all well & I believe conduct themselves correctly. The little Boys eyes are much improved. Simon perfectly sober - My Sister Humphreys has not yet returned but is expected daily.
Your very interesting letter from Nashville came safe to hand & I was greatly pleased to learn from it that your trip to Lake Washington had been safe & agreeable, & that you had found your property & prospects in that quarter in a very prosperous & satisfactory situation. I much fear the late destructive frost has produced as unfavorable change in that Country as it has done in this. Here the fresh fruit of every kind - early vegetables, & in some instances the Crops of Wheat have been destroyed. If it has extended to the Cotton & Sugar Cane region which is greatly apprehended the loss will be incalculable.
I regret to hear that Mr Worthington could do so little in the way of funds. Something in that way would be acceptable in this quarter, 'tho I must say that those who have demands do not complain, except a Mr. Oliver who has a small claim for wood.
I am very anxious to know what John has determined to do in regards to the completion of his education I feel a deep interest in his success, & have reflected much upon his present situation & prospects, but have not been able to devise any satisfactory plan which I could recommend for his adoption & cannot offer any advise upon the subject. I hope you & Mr Rucks & Judge Reese have been more fortunate. Pray let me know without delay what has been concluded upon as most expedient under all circumstances.
Margaretta desires me to say she will write very shortly to Louisa. Give our love to her & to Henrietta & our regards to Mr. Rucks & Judge Reese & also to John if still with you.

I am very aff.y yours
J. Brown

[Address Block]
Mrs. Elizabeth Brown
Care of Mr Rucks
Nashville, Ten-

[Postmark]
Frankfort
May 12
People John Brown
Elizabeth Watts Brown
Orlando Brown
Mary Watts Brown
Euphemia Helen Brown II
Samuel Worthington
John Preston Brown
Search Terms Slavery