Mar 25, 2021 - Sale 2562

Sale 2562 - Lot 201

Price Realized: $ 8,125
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
"I SHALL USE YOUR LETTER IN THE CAUSE OF HUMAN BROTHERHOOD" FREDERICK DOUGLASS. Letter concerning his rival Richard Greener. Autograph Letter Signed "Fred'k Douglass" to Martin I. Townsend. One page, 8 x 5 inches, plus integral blank with docketing on verso; folds, 2 small paper clip stains, mount remnants on docket page. Washington, DC, 23 December 1882

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This letter relates to the longstanding dispute between Douglass and Richard T. Greener (1844-1922), the first Black graduate of Harvard and an opponent of close alliances with the Republican Party. Douglass was writing to Martin I. Townsend (1810-1903), a New York district attorney and former Republican congressman. In full:

"I am very much obliged. The letter to Prof. Greener contains an important lesson. I take my share of it. Nothing could be more to the point. The hit is palpable. May it never be mine or yours or his to need another such reminder. I shall use your letter in the cause of human brotherhood whenever and wherever I find opportunity. I shall not soon forget the pleasure of your company and conversation."