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Lot 12: Brown, John. Autograph letter signed, 1 page (9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in.; 251 x 200 mm.)Platinum House
December 18, 2012
Calabasas Hills, CA, USALive Auction
12. Brown, John. Autograph letter signed, 1 page (9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in.; 251 x 200 mm.), “Akron, Ohio,” 20 July 1852, to his son, John.
Father to son with a poignant report from home.
Brown writes in full: I wrote you a few days before the death of our infant son saying we expected to loose him. Since then we have some of us been sick constantly. The measles & Hooping Cough went so hard with Sarah that we were quite anxious on her account; but were much more alarmed on account of my wife who was taken with bleeding at the Lungs Two or Three days after the death of her child. She was pretty much confined to her bed for some weeks, & suffered a good deal of pain; but is now much more comfortable, & able to be around. About the time she got about, I was taken with Fever & Ague & am unable to do much now, but have got the Shakes stoped [sic] for the present.
The almost constant wet weather put us back very much about our crops, & prevented our getting in much Corn. What we have is promising. Our Wheat is of very good quality but the crop is quite moderate. Our Grass is good; & we have a good deal secured. Shall probably finish harvesting Wheat to day. Potatoes promise well. Sheep & Cattle are doing well & I would most gladly [be able] to add; that in Wisdom & good morals we are all improveing [sic]. The Boys have done remarkably well about the work. I wish I could see them manifest an equal regard for their future well being. Blindness has happened to us in that which is of most importance. We are at a loss for the reason that we do not hear a word from you. The friends are well so far as I know. Heard from Henry & Ruth a few day[s] since.
Provenance: The Library of Estelle Doheny, Christie’s 21 February 1989, lot 1720.