MANUSCRIPT LETTER FROM J.B. LeCOMPTE, A BLACK MAN SEEKING EMPLOYMENT WITH THE NATIONAL REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE, TO SAMUEL FESSENDEN, PROMINENT CONNECTICUT REPUBLICAN AND SECRETARY OF THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEES.

New York: August 15, 1884. Two leaves, written on rectos only. Docketing notes on verso of second leaf. Written on elegantly typescripted letterhead of Starin's City River and Harbor Transportation Company. Pier 18 North River, Foot of Cortlandt St., New York. Old vertical fold, Very Good. Contemporary blue grease pencil notation at head of first page: "colored man." Blue pencil notations also on docketing page.

LeCompte reminds Fessenden that "one week ago, I brought my application for a Clerkship with the Repn. Natl. Comm., handed it to yourself, and was informed by you, Sir, that it would be attended to, at the very earliest opportunity. Up to date I've received no message, or otherwise encouraged. Will you please put me on as soon as possible?"
He pleads his case: a good reference from Mr. Starin; an assurance that he is "an earnest worker and intend to do all the good I can for the Cause of the Repn Party." He warns Fessenden that it's "very essential, ay! 'tis positively necessary to pay some attention to the VOTERS, the COLORED VOTERS of 'New Rochelle', NY."
The Democrats are hard at work with "all their strength, power and CUNNING" [underlined in original]. LeCompte promises to "call upon you at my earliest convenience." Item #36872

Price: $600.00