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BROWN, Thomas, colonial author, born about 1740. He was a resident of Charlestown, Massachusetts. In 1757 the Indians captured him, after being wounded in all engagement between the French and English. He was held in captivity for nearly four years, and then returned to his father's house. The narrative of his adventures, written by himself (Boston, 1760), is perhaps the rarest of American books of its class. Its title-page reads: "A Plain Narrative of the uncommon Sufferings and Remarkable Deliverance of Thomas Brown of Charlestown in New England; who returned to his Father's House in the Beginning of January 1760, after having been absent three years and about eight months: Containing An Account of the Engagement between a Party of English commanded by Major Rogers, and a Party of French and Indians in January 1757, in which Capt. Spike-man was killed; and the Author . . . left for dead on the field .... How he was taken Captive by the Indians, and carried to Canada, and from thence to the Mississippi, etc." The only copy that has found its way into open market of late years brought $30 at the sale of the Brinley collection in 1879.
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