Lot 191: American politician who served as congressman, governor, and vice president (1824-1920). TLS, two pages, 7.75 x 10, State of New York Executive Chamber letterhead, September 21, 1895. Remarkable letter to Magnus L. Robinson, president of the National Emancipation Association, concerning the 33rd anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. In part: "The signing of that decree by President Lincoln was, in fact, the Magna Charta of the African race not in America alone, but practically throughout the world. At that time, African slavery existed on our own Continent only in the United States, Brazil and the Spanish Antilles. The emancipation of our slaves was followed within a few years of the Russian serfs by Alexander I, and the liberation of the bondmen, who had been held almost from the time of the Discovery, in Brazil and the remaining possessions of Spain on this Continent; and, I believe that I am not extravagant in assuming that Lincoln's great act of manumission is, to-day, exercising at least a strong moral influence toward the extinction of the Arab slave trade in Africa. Let me express the hope that...oppression will forever cease and justice reign supreme throughout the World." In fine condition, with light toning and soiling. Accompanied by a custom-made clamshell case. A magnificent letter with moving content at a time when the implications of the Civil War continued to reverberate around the world.
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