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Frederick Douglass Document Signed, December 7th, 1883, as the first African-American Recorder of Deeds, Washington, D.C.
Frederick Douglass Document Signed, December 7th, 1883, as the first African-American Recorder of Deeds, Washington, D.C.
Frederick Douglass Document Signed, December 7th, 1883, as the first African-American Recorder of Deeds, Washington, D.C.
Frederick Douglass Document Signed, December 7th, 1883, as the first African-American Recorder of Deeds, Washington, D.C.

Frederick Douglass Document Signed, December 7th, 1883, as the first African-American Recorder of Deeds, Washington, D.C.

“My cause first, midst, last, and always, whether in office or out of office, was and is that of the black man…”


Autographed by Frederick Douglass on the docketing panel as “Fredk. Douglass.”

Douglass served as Recorder of Deeds (1881–1886) in the District of Columbia. Formerly enslaved, Douglass was the most significant Black American in the nineteenth century. Throughout his life, he was known as an author, abolitionist orator, civil rights activist and social reformer, newspaper editor, race leader, and statesman.

In his third autobiography Douglass wrote of his government position: “The office is one that imposes no social duties whatever, and therefore neither fettered my pen nor silenced my voice in the cause of my people. I wrote much and spoke often, and perhaps because of this activity gave to envious tongues a pretext against me. My cause first, midst, last, and always, whether in office or out of office, was and is that of the black man; not because he is black, but because he is a man…”

This document concerns a land transaction near H Street involving a family named Donaldson, Johnathan F. Wild, and the Western Building Association. Signed by all parties involved.

 


Description: Frederick Douglass Document Signed, December 7th, 1883, as the first African-American Recorder of Deeds, Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., 2-page partially-printed legal folio. Lightly soiled; very good.

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Price: $950.00

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