Archive for March, 2016

Frederick Douglass letter to British preacher Charles Spurgeon, 1887

800px-Charles_Haddon_Spurgeon_by_Alexander_Melville“The Cross, “St. Neots, ” Hunts.,

“July 6, 1887. ”

Dear Mr. Spurgeon,

“While crossing the Atlantic, last September, and looking out upon its proud dashing billows and their varied forms, and thinking of the diversity in the human family, I remarked that ‘we are many as the waves, but we are one as the sea.’ I had never heard this simile before, and thought it was original with me; but, while reading your sermon, published on the 30th June, I noticed that you said, speaking of the one hundred and nineteenth Psalm, ‘Its expressions are many as the waves, but its testimony is one as the sea.’ I am led to ask,—Is this a coincidence ; or have I, unconsciously, borrowed from you, or have you borrowed this formula from me ?

“Through the kindness of a friend, I had the privilege of listening to you a few Sundays ago. It was the realization of an ardent desire born of reading some of your sermons in America, and of what was said to me of you by my friend, Dr. H. L. Wayland, a gentleman to whom I have been much indebted for friendly sympathy and advice while battling with slavery and prejudice in America. ”

Very truly yours,

“FREDERICK DOUGLASS.”

SOURCE:

(1897), pp. 169-195 – PDF

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Lewis Douglass, former employee of Denver Gazette

Courtesy of National Park Service

Courtesy of National Park Service

“The colored printer that is kicking up such a fuss in Washington — Lewis Douglass — was as last year an employee of the Denver Gazette, and was, we believe tabooed by the Denver Typographical Union as a rat.” – Colorado Transcript, May 26, 1869

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Senator Timothy Howe subscribed to the “New National Era”

800px-Timothy_O._Howe_-_Brady-HandyOn Jan. 30, 1871 an annual subscription to the New National Era of $2.50 was paid to editor Fred Douglass on behalf of the office of Wisconsin Senator Timothy Howe.

Source:

The Miscellaneous Documents of the Senate of the United States for the Second Session of the Forty-Second Congress (GPO, 1872), p. 37.

(Hannibal Hamlin, Lincoln’s first Vice President, also subscribed to the New National Era through the Senate’s newspaper contingency, as did Missouri Senator Carl Shruz. See p. 38 of cited document.)

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Douglass dined in Anacostia w/ 1st Register of Copyrights, his neighbor

T_Solberg -- LOC“I have frequently met Mr. Solberg in Washington and through him I made the acquaintance of Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of “That Lass o’ Lowrie’s”, and also of the famous negro orator and diplomat, Frederick Douglass. With Solberg I had the honor of taking dinner both with Mrs. Burnett and with Fred Douglass; with the latter at his home in Anacostia, where Solberg then lived.” – Life Story of Rasmus B. Anderson, pg. 252 – 253

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