12th October, 1915.
President, Rep. Of Liberia.
I have the honor to reply at length to the article
of Hon. T. McCants-Stewart in the A.M.E. Review as follows:
1st. I think that the article as a whole is unfair
to yourself, in that it holds you responsible for the "system"
of government that obtains here: No man can touch or modify
a system with a presto change. It takes years to make it and
as many to undo it. Again the article holds you responsible
for the whole government, the Cabinet, and the susceptibilities
and peculiarities of the Liberian people. The judicial mind
of the eminent gentleman must clearly see this. I only wish
you had all the power he attributes to you and I am sure things
Liberian would be far better. So you can see I can not in the
main endorse these statements.
You have my hearty consent to stating without qualifi-
cation that since I have been here we have worked together har-
moniously and whole heartedly. You have given me every sup-
port in your power; you have sought my advice and have taken it
absolutely and cheerfully when given. More than that you have
given me power to use your name in ordering things to rights in
the Republic where I thought it necessary; in discharging the
duties of re-habilitating, training, and disciplining the
Frontier Force; and of opening up highways for trade and military