Collection Highlight: Robert Burns and Frederick Douglass


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BURNS, Robert.
The Works of Robert Burns
. J. Crissy: Philadelphia, 1841. 



In 1867 Douglass presented this book to his son Lewis. On the flyleaf he writes: "To Lewis H. Douglass from his affectionate Father--Fredk Douglass Oct. 15. 1867." On the verso, he added, "This book was the first bought by me after my escape from slavery. I have owned it nearly thirty one years and now give it to my oldest son as a keep sake. F.D."