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


Full text of letter (2 pages) on letterhead of Law Offices of Chas. A. Thatcher, 9, 10 & 11 Drummond Block. Telephone 434.

Toledo, O. 4/21— 1893

Mr. Paul L. Dunbar

Dayton Ohio-Dear Sir:

Yours of 20th at hand. Am indeed glad to hear that you were so successful in Toledo. Think you might do ever more in the future.

Have talked with Mr. Murphy of the Bee. He says that you are to send him a poem that has not been published and the he will publish same and make comments upon you. It would be well to do this and also get some thing in the Blade. It would pave the way for another trip.

Am sorry that I did not have much time to give you when here. You asked for a letter from me. Enclosed find one but fear it may not be what you want.

You should keep up your work and above all things strive to preserve the modesty which you now possess. You know that the attention you are receiving would turn some person’s heads but I don’t’ think you will fall. You will pardon my plain talk but it is a breaker that we al must match and I have taken the liberty to refer to it.

Please keep me informed of your movements. Will gladly assist you in any way I am able.

Very truly yours,

C.A. Thatcher

Mr. Murphy asked me to remind you of the poem. Will send you a “Bee” of Thursday.


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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