Contents and Arrangement

Frederick Douglass Letter to Samuel D. Porter, 1861 April 16

1 item

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Content Description

A one-page, signed letter from Frederick Douglass to abolitionist Samuel D. Porter, Rochester, April 16, 1861 on the coming of the Civil War and end of slavery. Per a request Porter had made, the letter includes an extract from a letter by John Brown that Douglass affixed below his signature that reads, "our own faults; & follies."

Collection History


Purchased in December 2022 from 19th Century Rare Books (Luxury Catalogs Inc.) (AM 2024-054).

Custodial History

The enclosure the letter came in from the dealer notes that the letter was from the library of W.S.R.


No material was separated during processing.

Processing Information

Item processed and described by Faith Charlton in May 2024, using description provided by the dealer.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Frederick Douglass Letter to Samuel D. Porter ; Princeton University Library Single Item Acquisitions, C0140-1, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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