Theophilus Brown, 1811 - 1879

Theophilus Brown was a friend and admirer of the Concord Transcendentalists Amos Bronson Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau.  A resident of Worcester, Massachusetts, Brown, as well as his wife, Sarah Ann Brown, offered them hospitality during their visits, hosted Thoreau, hosted Alcott, and opened their home as a site for Alcott's Conversations.  He and his friends, H. G. O. Blake, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, David A. Wasson, and Daniel Ricketson, were especially interested in Thoreau.  Higginson praised Brown as "the freshest and most original mind in Worcester" and "rather the wit of the city."