A Letter of Congratulations from Frederick Douglass to
Ebenezer D. Bassett


Rochester, April 13, 1869

My dear Bassett:

Let me congratulate you and rejoice with you. Your appointment is a grand achievement for yourself and for our whole people. It forms an important point in the History of our progress and upward tendency. I have no doubt you see the importance of your position. As you shall acquit yourself in it wisely or otherwise, we shall be affected favorably or unfavorably. I should like much to see you before you go upon your mission – and if I do not I shall be glad to hear from you. My kind regards to Mrs. Bassett. Why can’t you both make me a few days visit before sailing--
Yours Truly,
Frederick Douglass