Frederick Douglass Thanks Mary Todd Lincoln for Abraham Lincoln's Walking Stick

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General Information

Source:
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Creator:
Frederick Douglass
Event Date:
08/17/1865
Air/Publish Date:
08/17/1865
Resource Type:
Document Letter
Copyright:
n/a
Copyright Date:
N/A
Pages:
1

Description

The former slave Frederick Douglass notes that the gift of Abraham Lincoln's walking stick is not merely a memento, but is an "inclination of his humane interest" in the "welfare of my whole race."

Transcript

Frederick Douglass Thanks Mary Todd Lincoln for Abraham Lincoln's Walking Stick

Rochester N.Y. August 17, 1865.

Mrs. Abraham Lincoln:

Dear Madam: Allow me to thank you, as I certainly do thank you most sincerely for your thoughtful kindness in making me the owner of a cane which was formerly the property and the favorite walking staff of your late lamented husband the honored and venerated President of the United States.

I assure you, that this inestimable meumento of his Excellency will be retained in my possession while I live - an object of sacred interest - a token not merely of the kind the consideration in which I have reason to know that the President was pleased to hold me his personally, but

of

as an indication of

the

his humane [

illegible

] interest welfare of my whole race. 

With every proper sentiment of Respect and Esteem 

I am, Dear Madam, your Obe

dt

Servt. 

Frederick Douglass.