DOUGLASS, FREDERICK Autograph letter signed to Ebenezer Bassett.
[Washington:] 23 October 1890. Two page letter on on folded sheet, signed "Frederick Douglass," with original mailing envelope. 8 x 5 inches (21 x 13 cm). Lightly mat toned from former framing, usual fold, pencil underlining to two sentences that may be later, residue from old mounting to verso.
This letter from Douglass was written during his brief tenure as the United States' Minister Resident and Consul General to the Republic of Haiti (the title Ambassador was not used until 1893). The letter is written to the important and first African-American diplomat Ebenezer Bassett, who had held the Haitian post from 1869 through the Grant administration and in 1890 was Consul General for Haiti in New York City. In this letter, written while recalled to Washington, Douglass writes: "I am still in the dark about my detention: but this cannot last long. I am sure that I am to return to my post whether my stay there is long or short... Dear Bassett, I fully confide in you to attend to everything about the Legation just the same as if I were there. A safe and pleasant voyage to you..."
C The Jessye Norman 'White Gates' Collection
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