The Basis journal would cease publication within a year's time

This journal did not attract the quality and number of literary contributors as the first one did, and within a year’s time, The Basis would fold.

In September, 1895, Tourgée received a communication from Chesnutt, providing names of new subscribers to The Basis, a few words of encouragement, and perhaps a hint of suggestion as to what he felt should be the true direction for Tourgée’s journal:

…I am not surprised that you should have felt a little disappointment at the apparent lack of zeal for the BASIS among the colored people.

I think it is accounted for not by indifference to their own fate or a lack of appreciation for those who are trying to serve their best interests but by the fact that their own efforts in behalf of their race are distributed over so wide an area.

Every step they win is by hard work, and there are many ways and places where they can inch their way along on a much lower plane than the high moral level on which the BASIS finds its field…

Quite a number of them, realizing the fact that they are poor and that poverty is almost a crime in the United States, are doing their best to rise above that reproach. They are working along the line of their schools and churches and their own newspapers…

In politics they are kept on the alert to secure the few offices and appointments they are able to get.

They are traveling and lecturing at home and abroad, and are securing a respectful hearing in many quarters…

But if the BASIS can in any degree move the white people of this country from their open hostility or shameless indifference to the right of the colored people, it will have justified its existence and won the lasting gratitude of all who are connected with…this class of our citizens…

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