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Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) to N. C. Corbin

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05717 Author/Creator: Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 15 November 1880 Pagination: 1 p. ; 24.9 x 19.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Douglass, serving as a United States Marshal, replies to a letter from Colonel Corbin sent 12 November 1880. Corbin invited Douglass to serve on Inaugural Ceremony committees (for the inauguration of President James Garfield, to be held 4 March 1881). Corbin informed Douglass that the ceremonies will require reception, military encampment, music, recreation, and other committees. Douglass declines, stating that because of custom requiring U.S. Marshals to serve a prominent role in the ceremonies, he will wait until he is assigned a role by those in charge. Written on United States Marshal's Office stationery.

Background Information:

People: Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895
Corbin, N.C., fl. 1880

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Subjects: PresidentElectionGovernment and CivicsAfrican American HistoryInaugurationMusicMilitary CampEntertaining and Hospitality

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