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Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) to Mary Todd Lincoln

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02474 Author/Creator: Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) Place Written: Rochester, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: August 17, 1865 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Douglass thanks Lincoln for former President Abraham Lincoln's walking stick. Notes that the gift is not merely a memento, but is an "inclination of his humane interest" in the "welfare of my whole race." Accompanied by a small newspaper clipping and a black and white bust engraving of Douglass.

People: Lincoln, Mary Todd, 1818-1882.
Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: African American History, Slavery, First Lady, Gift, President

Sub Era: The American Civil War Reconstruction African Americans and Emancipation