Liberian Frontier Force.
November 30, 1914.
It has been my intention for some time to write you,
but so much palaver, and having the reduction of/the Force on my
hands, and being compelled to make several trips down the coast,
these things have consumed my time and attention. Now I am about
worn out, for it has been go go constantly for me for nearly three
I have one main object in writing you at this time,
and that object is to your best interest. I trust you will not
entertain the slightest idea that in writing you unsolicited on a
question which in almost purely personal with you that I have any
ulterior motive in doing so, but developments of the past few
months have brought about a state of affairs that should be made
plain to you in order that you may not run into another unpleasant
affair as your appointment occasioned. Permit my to be plain that
I may be brief.
I have decided not to renew my contract for another
year, and this of course will cause a vacancy in the rank of Major
Comdg. the L.F.F., and naturally because of your seniority of rank
you would be appointed to succeed me provided matters were permitted
to go in their order. But the old forces which opposed you original
appointment are still at work, and the moment you advance your
claim these same forces will seek to obtain (and doubtless will suc-
ceed) your removal from the Force; and this would happen in spite
of any efforts which might be exerted in your behalf by your friends
who have so loyally stood by you all along. This is no second
hand information but comes direct and may be relied upon.
When I decided to resign I made it my business to
ascertain personally what would be done after my resignation went
into effect, and what I write you is the result of my investigation.