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From Frederick Douglass to Samuel Alfred Steinthal, dated at Cedar Hill, Anacostia D.C. The letter begins with a quote 'I believe and therefore speak'. Douglass mentions Miss Ida B. Wells work in England. He states that the coloured people of the United States, 'though no longer slaves are still the subjects of outrage and grievous oppression and need the sympathy of the friends of humanity everywhere and especially those in England'. He asks that they help Miss Wells to tell her story concerning the oppression of 'the negro'. He mentions Mrs. Mary Carpenter of Bridport [?] and her husband the late Rev. Russell Carpenter, praising the help they have given.