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The collection contains 47 letters from members of the Brown family written primarily between 1860 and 1875. The letters are arranged chronologically. Most were written by Josiah S. Brown and Zachariah B. Brown, Jr. to their father and their five brothers in Burton, New Brunswick. Several of Josiah's letters describe his experiences in the Civil War, his reaction to the death of Abraham Lincoln, and his migration to the West after being mustered out of the Army. Information assembled by family members about his military record is also included. The letters from Zachariah touch on his life in a logging camp and his work in the woods; he often mentions how much he is being paid. He too sent letters home after his arrival in the West. The letters from the other brothers also talk of their work in the woods, especially in Linneus, Maine, as well as family matters.

Included with the letters is a document assembled in 1997 by Roderick Bunnell, a grandson of Zachariah Brown. Entitled "The Linneus letters: correspondence between members of the Zachariah Barnard Brown family of Burton, Sunbury County, New Brunswick, 1860-1932," it contains a detailed list of the letters, as well as a transcription and photocopy of each. Additional information about the family has been added by Mr. Bunnell.

Publication Date



Social Life and Customs



Size of Collection

1 box

Dates of Collection

1860-1997, bulk 1860-1874

Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0075

Brown Family Letters, 1860-1997

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History Commons