Mar 31, 2016 - Sale 2408

Sale 2408 - Lot 54

Price Realized: $ 45,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 40,000 - $ 60,000
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) DOUGLASS, FREDERICK. Autograph Letter Signed to one of the sons of Alphonso Janes of Providence, RI. Two pages, small 8vo, written on Douglass' Anacostia letterhead; paper lightly and evenly toned. " [together with] a carte-de-visite photograph of Lewis G. Janes, the recipient of the letter from Frederick Douglass." Anacostia, D.C., 6 July 1889

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a splendid letter from douglass, acknowledging a letter of congratulation on his appointment as minister to hayti. "My dear Dr. Janes; I have received many letters of congratulation [about] my appointment a Minister to Hayti, but none more welcome than yours. There are two people in Providence who have lived in my memory eight and forty years. One your kind mother and the other your big-hearted father. It was under their roofs--when roofs in Providence were [there] for me--that I did my first writing for the press. I worked hard on that first letter and showed it to your father and was much encouraged when he told me it was a good letter. We little thought then that we should live to see the American Union [severed] the slaves liberated--the country again united on a basis of Liberty and Equality of all the peoples--most of all, did we ever imagine that I would be sent abroad to represent this country as Minister and Consul General. Accept my warmest thanks for you kind letter, Very Truly Yours, Frederick Douglass."