Lowell, Ma: Lowell Daily Courier, 1846. Folio. Very Good+. Item #15553
An 1846 newspaper printing of a Frederick Douglass Letter on the merits of Robert Burns as both a poet and person, as well as reflections on his trip to Scotland.
This July 18, 1846 issue of the Lowell Daily Courier was published in just the year after Douglass achieved fame through the publication of his first autobiography, 'A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass'.
The letter, printed on the front page, is long and detailed and talks of Burns' virtues as well as his faults - "Burns lived in the midst of a bigoted and besotted clergy - a pious, but corrupt generation - a proud, ambitious, and contemptuous aristocracy, who, esteemed a little more than a man, and looked upon the plowman, such as was the noble Burns, as being little better than a brute."
Douglass goes on - "We may condemn his faults, but only as we condemn our own. His very weakness was an index of his strength. Full of faults of a grievous nature, yet far more faultless than many who have come down to us on the page of history as saints."
This 1846 was printed on rag paper and is in exquisite condition. Disbound #2C-068.