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Paul Laurence Dunbar, primary sources, Black history, Black poets, prominent Ohioans


Letter on letterhead of the Board of Trustees of the State Hospital, Toledo Ohio.

H.A. Tobey M.D.

Toledo Ohio April 22 1896

My Dear Mr. Dunbar:

I enclose a letter that I have just received which explains itself.

I shall try and accept Mr Jenning’s (?) invitation.

I was down to the city yesterday and sold books for you as follows and each one of the gentlemens said that they wanted to see you and make your acquaintance. Mr king said he would give you a number of names of persons that would buy books, that he had already spoken to several and would speak to more.

Mr Scott, I think, is President of The Board of trustees of The City Library. He spoke of putting your book in the library.

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Mr Childs, night clerk at the Boody House, told me that he had secured a long and beautiful letter from Mr Hearn (?), to whom he presented a book when Mr Hearn was here. He will mail me the letter Friday so you can see it when you come out again. I met Mr Knarkensheck (?) of the Blade and he told me your poem to Louise would be published either today or tomorrow. I also saw Mr. Martin (?) who is one of the proprietors of the Sunday journal, and who is in the City engineers office in the Valentine Building. Who is anxious to know you. He said if you would

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call on him, he would take pleasure in introducing you to a number of persons in the building who would probably take your books.

Don’t you see your “stock in trade,” is beginning boom, “hold onto to the millions” work watch and pray and “you will get there with both feet” Hoping that you are in better spirits and that the cuticle has thickened just a little over the s___ (sensitive?) spots I am very Truly yours —

Let me hear from you by phone

Very truly yours

HA Tobey


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Personal Correspondence


This item is part of the Paul Laurence Dunbar House collection at Ohio History Connection, Columbus, Ohio. The collection contains items from 219 N. Summit St., Dayton, Ohio (later 219 N. Paul Laurence Dunbar St.), the home Dunbar purchased for his mother, Matilda J. Dunbar, in 1904. Paul Laurence Dunbar lived there until his death in 1906; Matilda lived there until her death in 1934. It is now the Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site, part of the National Park Service.


Paul Laurence Dunbar, primary sources, Black history, Black poets, prominent Ohioans