Mark Twain & Frederick Douglass “on the bills for speeches in New York” [Washington Post, October 21, 1879 p. 2]

There are many soft and hard connections between Mark Twain and Fred Douglass. While this blog will focus on Mark Twain in Washington, DC there are many other characters that will be introduced in part and in full such as journalists George Alfred Townsend, Jerome B. Stillson,  and John Henry Riley along with political figures such as U.S. Senator William Morris Stewart and President Ulysses Grant.

In the meantime, as we begin this Mark Twain research and writing ride I’ll start out with what I know, Mr. Fred Douglass.

From the Washington Post,


Mark Twain, Fred Douglass, and Mizzer Chandler are all on the bills for speeches in New York, and negotiations are pending with Carl Schurz to complete the quartette. There is nothing in Mark Twain’s humor more ludicrous than this combination. When these four innocents go abroad together, Mr. Evarts solemnly following in their wake, John Sherman bringing up the rear, and all supported by the moral power of the administration, it will be a spectacle not easily duplicated.


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