The essay is very persuasive and thoroughly compiled.
However, Twain and Douglass had a more extensive relationship than is
alluded to and/or cited in the essay. They shared shared several mutual
associations and connections within circle of politics and journalism (i.e.
George Alfred Townsend), as well I have been able to document their meeting
- in private and public - on several occasions not cited nor mentioned in
I am currently working on a brief blog post that will document one of these
occasions that has evaded all existing scholarship with the fields of Twain
Studies and Douglass Studies.
On Fri, Jan 27, 2023 at 12:58 PM Scott Holmes <[log in to unmask]>
> I just want to thank Matt Seybold for his essay /EVEN IF HE WEREN’T MY
> FRIEND: FREDERICK DOUGLASS & MARK TWAIN,
> <https://marktwainstudies.com/freddouglassmarktwain/>/ He offers an
> excellent summary of the history of the Douglas-Langdon relationship and
> for my purpose, a strong argument for Twain's presence at the Douglas
> speech on that date.
> /Unaffiliated Geographer and Twain aficionado/
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*Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C: The Lion of Anacostia
History Press, 2012] Winner of 2013 DC READS
*Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent*
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