Fort D.A. Russell, Wyo.,
November 24, 1911.
Dr. Booker T. Washington,
Tuskegee Institute, Ala.
My dear Dr. Washington:
In reply to your communication
of the 18th instant, relative to the Military Attache'
detail to Liberia, I wish to state that I am always
willing to aid in any work for the good of the coun-
try in general and of our race in particular, whether
that race be found in Africa or in the United States.
Mr. Oswold Garrison Villard of the New York Eve-
ning Post, wrote me sometime ago asking if I would
undertake the organization of a Negro Regiment in con-
nection with the New York National Guard, provided
the War Department would consent to loaning me for
such duty. I consented, not knowing that I would be
wanted for the "Homeland" detail. Since then I have
heard nothing of the progress of things in New York.
Now if you and the War Department think I can be
of more good to the country and our people on the
African detail with Mr. Paige, I am perfectly will-
ing to go , and shall render him faithful and loyal
Always with the same esteem and friendship,