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Will you kindly look at the subscription list of the Basis or have some one do so, and see if I have given correctly the address of Mr. JAMES A. JOYCE, of this city, as a subscriber to the Basis?1 It should be No. 20 VAN NESS St., Cleveland O. If it is otherwise shown in your list, the mistake was doubtless mine in sending on the name. I hope the Basis is doing well.
Permit me as a citizen of this State, desirous of social order and good government, and also as one of those for whose benefit the work was in part at least undertaken, to thank you for your kind collaboration with our Mr. H. C. Smith2 in securing the passage through the State legislature of the anti-lynching bill.3 It can do no harm, and if it did no more than simply to express by the mouth of its legislature the condemnation by the State of the abominable practice which has done so much to disgrace the country, it would be worth all the labor that has been spent in promoting its passage. You will never get an adequate reward in this world for your efforts in b
aehalf of the oppressed and the humble, but you believe in a hereafter, and I hope there is one, if for no other (over)
reason than that you and those like you may receive their reward.
Correspondent: Albion Winegar Tourgée (1838–1905) was a White activist, author, and judge. During Reconstruction, he settled in North Carolina and became an advocate for racial equality. Tourgée wrote his bestselling autobiographical novel, A Fool's Errand (1879), before moving to Mayville, New York, in 1881. He published 15 more novels in the next 17 years, and several times attempted to found magazines, often inviting Chesnutt to serve as editor. In 1891, he founded the National Citizens' Rights Association, an organization devoted to equality for African-American citizens, and in 1896 served as Homer Plessy's lead counsel in the U.S. Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson (1896).