Editorial Rooms of The Crisis
Twenty-six Vesey Street. New York
for the W.E.Burghardt Du Bois
Advancement of Colored People
June 17th 1913.
Major Charles Young,
c/o War Department,
My dear Young:-
You probably know that the
state of New York has provided for a Negro
regiment. Of course, we want you as its execu-
tive, and Major General O'Ryan, the head of the
National Guard, and Colonel Watson also want
you. I am sending you a copy of the memoran-
dum which Mr. Villard has just sent me. I
am also writing the Secretary of War. I write
you to ask first, that you persuade yourself
without hesitation as this is the biggest and
best chance for us and that you must accept,
and secondly, to get you to give me any pointers
as to how to push the thing through as soon as
possible. We have got some other big things
on foot in New York and with you at the head
of the regiment we will put this state at the
head of the Negro race in the place of Alabama.
I hope you are well and happy.
We all send best love.
Very sincerely yours,