1424 Eleventh St., N.W.
November 10, 1911
My dear Doctor:
Yesterday Mr. Hale, the Third Assistant Secretary of State, Captain McCoy of
the War Department and I were discussing the matter of the appointment of a military
attache at Monrovia to aid in the reorganization of the Liberian Constabulary, or
Frontier Police. The military attache would act in an advisory capacity only,
but his advice, if the services of the right man can be secured, would have great weight and
would be invaluable.
There seems to be one colored officer on the active list of the Army who is
especially well fitted for the work and that is Captain Charles Young, Ninth Cavalry,
U.S.A., (now at Fort D. A. Russell, Wyoming) who was recently attached to our legation
at Port au Prince, Haiti. He has made an admirable record and is apparently just the
men for a position where considerable tact and great executive ability are required.
Captain Young is a graduate of West Point. He was highly recommended by Mr. Justice
Stewart, of the Liberian Supreme Court, who was in Washington last week.
If you care to write to Captain Young, whom you probably know, and to enlist
his active interest in Liberia I shall be very grateful, as I am anxious to have the
reorganization of the Constabulary proceed in an orderly manner and with the minimum
With best wishes, I am:
Yours very sincerely,
(Signed) Reed Paige Clarke.
Dr. Booker T. Washington
Tuskegee Institute, Alabama.