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D[avid] Jenkins to Frederick Douglass, Mary 23, 1853


COLUMBUS, O., May 23, 1853.

FREDERICK DOUGLASS: MY DEAR SIR:—You have manifested an interest in the la-
bors of colored men, in this part of the
field, and I know you will be glad to hear
that the good work goes on well. I have
been from home during the last three
months at work among the people, mostly
in the western counties of this State. I
found the people everywhere willing to hear,
and generally desirous to have colored men
stand forth as their own advocates. They
wish the colored people to take their cause
into their own hands—an idea of which, I
think, so well as to adopt it for myself and
recommend it to others. We must go to
work by Conventions, State and National, by
papers, local and general, by lectures and
public meetings, and by every means in our
power. My dear friend, don't falter in this
work of truth and justice. We have made
great progress during the last dozen years,
and in nothing more than our school privi-
leges. The money appropriated to the ed-
ucation of colored children in this city a few
years ago, was three hundred dollars per
annum; now that sum has been encreased to
fifteen hundred.

I fully unite with a Call for a National
Convention at Rochester, and think it will
meet the views and wishes of every intelli-
gent friend of his race.

Yours for the oppressed,



Jenkins, David


May 23, 1853


D[avid] Jenkins to Frederick Douglass. PLSr: Frederick DouglassP, 3 June 1853. Calls for a black national convention at Rochester.


This document was calendared in the published volume and has not been published in full before.


Frederick Douglass' Paper (Rochester, N.Y.) 1851-18??



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