October 23, 1917.
Colonel Charles Young,
My dear Friend:
I have just returned from the Reserve Officers
Training Camp at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, and hasten to
answer your kind and encouraging letter of October 10th
relative to my appointment as Special Assistant to the
Secretary of War.
I cannot tell you how much I value and appreciate
your sincere message of congratulation. All that I
can say is that I shall do my best to be of service to
Secretary Baker in every way possible.
May I not count upon you for frequent counsel
and suggestions on any and all matters affecting the
interests of colored soldiers and citizens during the
period of the present war? I am serving merely in a
representative capacity and I want you and all other
loyal and patriotic Americans to know that I earnestly
desire your closest possible cooperation.
With thanks and best wishes,
Special Assistant, War Dept.
If you come this may I want to talk
with you: I have a memorandum
I want you to go over with me