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    Letter From William Murrell, General Manager of the Colored National Associated Press to James Blaine's Presidential Campaign Manager Regarding Black Voter Registration in West Virginia and "Secret Organizations", 1884.
    Four pages; 10" x 8"
    Washington, June 26, 1884

    Written on on the letterhead of the Office of the Colored National Associated Press, manuscript on the rectos only. A most interesting letter to Stephen B. Elkins from Murrell to James Blaine's Presidential campaign manager. Research turned up little on the Colored National Associated Press, which may have been created in 1884. In the letter Murrell describes a trip to West Virginia in which he writes, in part: "During my sojourn in the State I was surprised to see that there were hundreds of colored people who have never registered or taken any part in politics. From the best information I could gain the defeat of our friend Mason was caused by the fact that a great number of the colored people were not registered." Murrell also writes of infiltrating a secret organization known as the American Union. The group was apparently an anti-Catholic wing of the Republican party that he deemed a "dangerous institution". A remarkable letter documenting a short-lived news organization and shedding light on the political mobilization of African Americans in the 1884 elections.

    Condition: Excellent, with the usual fold creases.

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