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Hon. Woodrow Wilson,
President United States,
My Dear Mr. President:

It is not my purpose here to enter into a detail
account of the question, at issue (the Negro and his coming to this
country). To do so would carry me far beyond the limited time given.
At any rate, Mr. President, this is intended to demonstrate the truth
of what has been asserted in this matter upon which I write, may be
brought home to every unprejudice and capable man.

Speaking then as a matter of fact, do the Negroes of the Unit-
ed States make any progress, or will any candid and well informed man
say, from heart that the progress of the Negro is not marvelous and is
therefore not entitled to any consideration at the hands of the white
people who constitute the majority of the whole people? All the
world knows the story of the condition of the Negro; all history pre-
sents the facts connected with it. Hence, Mr. President, it is now
too late for any sane white man to stigmatize the Negro with short-
comings, and then to make him feel discontent with those with whom he
lives. It is unjust to segregate him after [?] lived with the white man
side by side for nearly fifty years without a single break; it is un-
fair and un-American to treat him thus. This is the greatest Country
on this terraqueous "Globe", and to my way of thinking the most libe-
ral people are its citizens.

In view of these facts, Mr. President, is there nobody in your
Administration to cheer, or even to help us in anyway? I know that you
are not indifferent to us; I know that you are a christain gentleman,
and therefore must be a lover of mankind. I believe that you are lib-
eral enough to extend a helping hand to a weaker race- that you are
filling the chair with great abilities, no one disputes, but the only
difference in your administration is, that the poor Negro is a cast
off, of his own country and flag. Help us in this matter Mr.President,
and you are bound to gain universal applause.

Now Mr. President, I am certain, that in every state of life, men
of industry, men of integrity, men of principle, men, of sterlingworth,
men of honesty of purpose, command the spontaneous homage of mankind.
The Negroes at this particular time are concerned in a matter which ap-
peals to the highest ideal of life and character; and it is therefore
plain to every dispassionate citizen, that our duty as citizens, should
fit us to pursue a moral, honest, upright and faithful course of life,
and it is for their reason, that this appeal is before you.

Right, as right needs not an extended argument for its support
because it is morally and ethically part and parcel of a man's well-
being, and so I need to multiply words to convince you Mr. President
of the justice of the cause, but I come to you as a petitioner, as a
loyal citizen of my country, feeling that I am within bounds, having
the right to make appeals, to appeal to you with olive branches in hand

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Hon. Woodrow Wilson,
President United States,
My Dear Mr. President:

It is not my purpose here to enter into a detail
account of the question, at issue (the Negro and his coming to this
country). To do so would carry me far beyond the limited time given.
At any rate, Mr. President, this is intended to demonstrate the truth
of what has been asserted in this matter upon which I write, may be
brought home to every unprejudice and capable man.

Speaking then as a matter of fact, do the Negroes of the Unit-
ed States make any progress, or will any candid and well informed man
say, from heart that the progress of the Negro is not marvelous and is
therefore not entitled to any consideration at the hands of the white
people who constitute the majority of the whole people? All the
world knows the story of the condition of the Negro; all history pre-
sents the facts connected with it. Hence, Mr. President, it is now
too late for any sane white man to stigmatize the Negro with short-
comings, and then to make him feel discontent with those with whom he
lives. It is unjust to segregate him after [?] lived with the white man
side by side for nearly fifty years without a single break; it is un-
fair and un-American to treat him thus. This is the greatest Country
on this terraqueous "Globe", and to my way of thinking the most libe-
ral people are its citizens.

In view of these facts, Mr. President, is there nobody in your
Administration to cheer, or even to help us in anyway? I know that you
are not indifferent to us; I know that you are a christain gentleman,
and therefore must be a lover of mankind. I believe that you are lib-
eral enough to extend a helping hand to a weaker race- that you are
filling the chair with great abilities, no one disputes, but the only
difference in your administration is, that the poor Negro is a cast
off, of his own country and flag. Help us in this matter Mr.President,
and you are bound to gain universal applause.

Now Mr. President, I am certain, that in every state of life, men
of industry, men of integrity, men of principle, men, of sterlingworth,
men of honesty of purpose, command the spontaneous homage of mankind.
The Negroes at this particular time are concerned in a matter which ap-
peals to the highest ideal of life and character; and it is therefore
plain to every dispassionate citizen, that our duty as citizens, should
fit us to pursue a moral, honest, upright and faithful course of life,
and it is for their reason, that this appeal is before you.

Right, as right needs not an extended argument for its support
because it is morally and ethically part and parcel of a man's well-
being, and so I need to multiply words to convince you Mr. President
of the justice of the cause, but I come to you as a petitioner, as a
loyal citizen of my country, feeling that I am within bounds, having
the right to make appeals, to appeal to you with olive branches in hand