BROWN, JAMES FRANCIS.  A fugitive slave from Baltimore who escaped north along the Underground Railroad and found refuge in the Hudson River Valley. He was a self-educated horticulturalist whose jottings are chiefly about the weather and other celestial events. The entries published here are from “On the Morning Tide”: African Americans, History and Methodology in the Historical Ebb and Flow of the Hudson River Society. By A. J. Williams- Myers. Africa World Press, Inc., 2003.