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


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Dec. 29th. 1895.

Mr. Paul. L. Dunbar,

#140 West Ziegler St.,

Dayton, Ohio.

Dear Sir; - - - -

Your letter of Dec., 28th., as well as your previous letter which you dictated on account of sore eyes, are both at hand.

I am very glad to know that you went to Chicago, and to learn the success that attended your trip, but I am especially pleased to learn of your good spirits, and the renewed courage you have taken on.

The Columbus Journal of Dec 24th., copied entirely, except the miserable cartoon of you, your notice in the Chicago Journal a friend of mine noticed it and lent it to me. I am glad you received so warm reception at Zenia, and sincerely hope that the muses will not repel your wooing, and enable you to write something appropriate to be read at Athens.

I worried a great deal over the letter I sent you in reply to your request for $50.00, yet since it has come out alright I guess it is best for both of us, because it had taught me not to be too suspicious, and you the lesson that to be frank is always the bestway to proceed, with kind regards from all the

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Yours truly,

HA Tobey

P.S. The clipping from Chicago Journal was in the letter therefore I tore it with the letter, forgetting for the moment that you asked to have it returned, I have put it together as best I could, I enclose it herewith.


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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