Mar 28, 2019 - Sale 2503

Sale 2503 - Lot 75

Price Realized: $ 1,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Letter and 3 printed pieces from escaped slave and abolitionist John Brown of Georgia. Letter laid down on scrapbook paper, and the printed pieces laid down on another sheet; minor wear. England, 1854

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John Brown (circa 1810-1876) was an escaped slave from Georgia who made his way to England in 1850 after the Fugitive Slave Law was passed. He earned his living as a carpenter and herbalist, and also as an abolitionist lecturer; his memoir was published in 1855. Offered here are a promotional letter Brown wrote, as well as a lecture broadside and two leaflets. Autograph Letter Signed to Samuel Horton: "I have taken the liberty of writing to you to ask you the favour whether you think it be any chance for me to get a meeting kept at Hartwell, as I am in the neighborhood. Sir, I have sent you one of my circulars." One page, 8 3/4 x 7 inches. Chesham, England, 3 August 1854 Broadside: "Slavery and its Horrors! . . . A Lecture will be Delivered in Portman Hall . . . by the Rev. S.R. Ward from Canada, and Mr. J. Brown, a Gentleman of Colour, and an Escaped Slave from the State of Georgia." Announces that Brown will "appear in his Horns and Bells, such as are worn by re-captured Slaves, and exhibit a nigger-popper, also several African Hymns will be sung." 8 x 11 3/4 inches; folds, closed tear, cropped. [London], 20 July 1854 "A Statement of the Case of John Brown, a Fugitive Slave from Georgia, U.S." 4 printed pages, 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches, on one folding sheet. Sunderland, England: W.H. Hills, circa 1854 "Preparing for Press, Slave Life in Georgia, being the Narrative of John Brown, a Fugitive Slave Now in England," printed handbill, 8 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches. None of the three printed pieces are traced in OCLC.