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Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams


In this handwritten letter addressed to President Abraham Lincoln, Thomas J. Durant informs the president that "pastors, officers and members of the different Benevolent Societies of the citizens of African descent" wish to present President Lincoln with a gold and silver mounted volume of the "celebration of the emancipation ordinance of the Louisiana Convention". The letter, dated December 8, 1864, includes the names of the committee members presenting the volume. This letter accompanied a red-bound volume titled "Grand celebration in honor of the passage of the Ordinance of emancipation, by the Free State Convention, on the eleventh day of May, 1864, held in the Place d'Armes, New-Orleans, June 11th, with the programme, proceedings, speeches by Rev. Dr. Rogers, Francis Boisdore, Rev. W.A. Dove &c. &c. : also the Proceedings of the American Arts Association of New Orleans, and the distribution of prizes, held first August, 1864." The letter shows some staining and crease marks.

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Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Enslaved persons--Emancipation--United States; Books


Abraham Lincoln; Emancipation ordinance of the Louisiana Convention; Emancipation proclamation

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New Orleans (La.)

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Mississippi State University Libraries, Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Original Manuscript Collection


Mississippi State University Libraries.

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Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version).

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Thomas J. Durant’s letter to Lincoln, presenting Emancipation Celebration from “Colored People, New Orleans



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