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I give to my son John Brown, Jr., my surveyor's compass and other surveyor's articles, if found ; also, my old granite monument, now at North Elba,, N. Y., to receive upon its two sides a further inscription, as I will hereafter direct j said stone monument, however, to remain at North Elba, so long as any of my children and my wife may remain there as residents.
I give to my son Jason Brown my silver watch, with my name engraved on inner case.
I give to my son Owen Brown my double-spring opera-glass, and my rifle-gun (if found), presented to me at Worcester, Mass. It is globe-sighted and new. I give, also, to the same son $50 in cash, to be paid him from the proceeds of my father's estate, in consideration of his terrible suffering in Kansas and his crippled condition from his childhood.
I give to my son Salmon Brown $50 in cash, to be paid him from my father's estate, as an offset to the first two cases above named.
I give to my daughter Ruth Thompson my large old Bible, containing the family record.
I give to each of my sons, and to each of my other daughters, my son-in-law, Henry Thompson, and to each of my daughters-in-law, as good a copy of the Bible as can be purchased at some bookstore in New York or Boston, at a cost of $5 each in cash, to be paid out of the proceeds of my father's estate.
I give to each of my grandchildren that may be living when my father's estate is settled, as good a copy of the Bible as can be purchased (as above) at a cost of $3 each.
All the Bibles to be purchased at one and the same time for cash, on the best terms.
I desire to have $50 each paid out of the final proceeds of my father's estate to the following named persons, to wit : To Allan Hammond, Esq., of Rockville, Tolland County, Conn., or to George Kellogg, Esq., former agent of the New England Company at, that place, for the use and benefit of that company. Also, $50 to Silas Havens, formerly of Lewisburg, Summit County, Ohio, if he can be found. Also, $50 to a man of Stark County, Ohio, at Canton, who sued my father in his lifetime, through Judge Humphrey and Mr. Upsou of Akron, to be paid by J. R. Brown to the man in person, if he can be found ; his name I cannot remember. My father made a compromise with the man by taking our house and lot at Munroville. I desire that any remaining balance that may become my due from my father's estate may be paid in equal amounts to my wife and to each of my children, and to the widows of Watson and Oliver Brown, by my brother. JOHN BROWN.
JOHN Avis, Witness.
- Life and Letters of John Brown; Liberator of Kansas, and Martyr of Virginia, 1885, F. B. Sanborn.