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Oct. 7, 1913.

To his Excellency,
President Woodrow Wilson,
The White House,
Washington, D.C.


When the good sense of the American people raised
your Excellency to the high office of Chief Executive of
the nation, the country looked hopefully for a sane inter-
pretation of the spirit and letter of our Consitution. Nor
was this hope extravagant: for few knew the Constiution
better than the scholar who had given years to the study of
American government--a mastery concretely proven by the
exposition of modern America in "The New Freedom." Sub-
sequently, in the sound wisdom, the well-poised firmness
and justice of your course, Your Excellency has not disap-
pointed the expectations that accompanied your inaugura-

For the larger portion of the citizens of our country,
political and social adjustments are fairly settled. Economic
adjustment in accord with a newer and larger industrialism
especially challenges the lawmaker and the Executive. But
your Administration also concerns a peculiar group of Ameri-
cans who are adjusted neither politically nor economically,
a group in whose disfavor the Constitution is too frequently
subjected to loose and prejudicial interpretation. We
would ask of Your Excellency, therefore, the most scrupulous
regard in interpreting for the American colored man both the
spirit and the letter of this document sacred to manhood

Under our theory of government, and under the Consitu-
tion, all citizens are supposed to enjoy life, liberty, and
the pursuit of happiness. For such achievement, on the part
of other Americans, our government, as well as our social in-
stitutions, offer in a practical way an inspiration, protec-
tion and an equitable reward. It inspires in the American
white man an evolution toward higher ideals and higher stand-
ards of living, and this highly evolved citizenship means for
him greater national strength.

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