Frederick Douglass to Mary Todd Lincoln
Rochester, New York, 17 August 1865.
Autograph letter signed, 1 page.
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
consideration in which I have reason to know that T President was pleased to hold me
personally, but of as an indication of the T humane [illegible] interest welfare of my whole race.
With every proper sentiment of Respect and Esteem
I am, Dear Madam, your Obe