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The enclosed explains itself. I have worked hard to get the basis, of such a journal but the immense roll of the National Citizens' Rights Convention,1 having been thoroughly tested makes me sure of 10,000 subscribers; and I think it will give 40,000 or 50,000. I want to start it with at least half the holders of the promoters stock, who will of course constitute the Directors, colored men. I want too a colored Associate Editor, for I think such a magazine should teach what it preaches. I have assurances that the convertible stock will be rapidly taken by those who like to help a little and make a little too. I shall make it a 20— to 32 page magazine, fine heavy paper—no illustrations except some portraits now and then.2
It is sure to be profitable and all possible loss is especially guarded  against.
I would like to have you take $500, or $1,000, worth of the stock and be a Director. If your business will permit &[?] think when we get started you would like the other place, too.
Or if you
would like to take, say 1,000 shares for $2,500 we will make that a certainty.
Think of the the matter. We must have good men[?] and give it a high rank. I think it is an opportunity that does not often come in a literary life.Yours, Albion W. Tourgée
Of course, if colored men do not take this stock I must place[?] it with white men who want itAT 
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).