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The Liberian Mission, or Recorder of
Deeds At Washington he said he
promised Mr Ross of Buffalo, and Mr
Coxey of New Jersey, both of These Gentlemen
have been discredited here, notwithstanding
I will not reply to the Bishops attacks
on account of segregations or past removals
the President. I think knows what he
is doing: pardon me for Inn Valuable
time which might be taken by reading
this letter. because I am somewhat

very sincerely [Jours?]
William E. Gross
November 7- 1914. 219 West 134 St
NewYork City

[Library of Congress page-number stamp:] 83694

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Booker T. Washington -- in his 1909-published work The Story of the Negro: The Rise of the Race from Slavery (on page 195 of the edition published in New York City by Doubleday, Page, & Company) mentions William E. Gross as "proprietor of the Gross Catering Company, of 219 W. 134th St., New York" -- along with a man in the Philadelphia area as what Washington seems to be calling "noted Negro caterers" at the time of publication; it would seem that the writer of the letter whose conclusion is seen in this Image (Image 1020) is *that* William E. Gross -- and that he was a relatively-prominent African-American caterer (based in Harlem in New York City).