Letter to Mary Church Terrell from Joseph Douglass

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Written by
Douglass, Joseph Henry, American, 1871 - 1935
Received by
Terrell, Mary Church, American, 1863 - 1954
Subject of
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, American, 1811 - 1896
National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, American, founded 1896
Medium
ink on paper (fiber product)
Dimensions
H x W: 11 × 8 3/8 in. (27.9 × 21.3 cm)
Type
letters (correspondence)
Place made
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Date
May 31, 1911
Description
Letter to Mrs. Terrell from Joseph H. Douglass, grandson of Frederick Douglass, dated May 31, 1911. Single page written on Douglass' personal stationary. Black ink on tan paper. Letter head at the top reads [JOSEPH H. DOUGLASS / Solo Violinist / ENGAGEMENTS ACCEPTED / FOR RECITALS / CONCERTS AND CHURCH / SERVICES / NOW TOURING AMERICA]. Along the left side of the page is a text box containing five quotes from newspapers titled [PRESS COMMENTS]. The handwritten letter reads [1644 Fla. ave N. W. / Wash. D.C. May 31st 1911 / My dear Mrs Terrell: / Replying to your esteemed / favor just received, will say / that it is my pleasure to / accept the invitation to the present / and render a violin selection / on the occasion of the one hun- / dredth anniversary of Harriet / Beecher Stowe. / I thank you for the oppor- / tunity and honor which enables / me to add my little mite / in the celebration of that noble / woman's birth as well as to appear / before such a body of honored women. / I am proud of the fact that / among those mentioned in your / letter, none will be more represen- / tative or distinguished among the / speakers of the meeting than your / honored self. / Yours most sincerely / Joseph H. Douglass / (P.S. / I have carefully / noted the date June 14")]
Topic
African American
Classical (Music)
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Political organizations
Social reform
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2013.46.22
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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Classification
Documents and Published Materials-Business and Legal Documents
Exhibition
Musical Crossroads
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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