Antique Bicycle Racing 1899 ALS Signed Letter Eddie A McDuffee, Major Taylor

For your consideration is this rare signed 3 page letter. Sent on Revere House, Boston, MA letterheads. Dated 5/8/1899 and was sent to Charles Culver from Eddie A McDuffee. McDuffee was an accomplished 19th century racer, and Culver was a former racer turned manager. This letter talks about contract rates for riding and then goes on to say "I am sure I can get the mile record and will agree to break it on the Columbia for $500.00 and nothing if I fail. You can get me the 112 gear that I had before and that will do for a couple of weeks but I must have higher before the 27 when I race Taylor at Phila. Yours, E.A. McDuffee".

Eddie A McDuffee took part in a few different historic races vs Major Taylor. Major Taylor was the first African-American cycling champion in the United States. The first race was billed as Black vs White, and there is a pinback button you can find online to commemorate this event, which took place in June of 1898. This letter, which is from 1899, mentions another race against Taylor, this time at Philadelphia.

The letters are in VG-EX condition with some very minor wear. Very clear writing in fountain pen. Signature is a little lighter but very clear. The pages each measure 9.25" by 6". A rare chance to own this signed letter.

Also included in this grouping is a signed contract written by A.
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