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Where and/or how did Ottilie Assing and Frederick Douglass meet?
Why did Ottilie Assing and Frederick Douglass break up?
While Assing was in Europe, trying to establish her claim to her sister's estate (including her mother's, and the Varnhagens' papers) she read in a newspaper that Douglass was to marry his 20-years-younger white secretary, Helen Pitts.
Other Relationship Information about Ottilie Assing and Frederick Douglass:
She had already been diagnosed with incurable breast cancer. In 1884, she committed suicide with cyanide in Paris in a public park.As per the will left in her hotel, her correspondence with Douglass was burned and Douglass received her meager estate.
Classic Quotes by Ottilie Assing and Frederick Douglass about their relationship: