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in Philadelphia; has been a democrat for a great many years; is probably one of the most prominent colored men in the country. I understand he will be vouched for by Congressman Palmer and former State Treasurer Berry of Pennsylvania. He is a candidate for Supervisor of Indian Schools.

Dr. J. L. Johnson, of Rendville, O.- is a practicing physician and a man of great ability. Dr. Johnson is a college graduate and possesses great influence among the colored people in Ohio. He is a candidate for the office of Special Agent - Forestry Department, and as I understand, fully qualified for this office.

William M. Trotter, Editor of the "Guardian", a prominent newspaper circulating amongst the colored people in the East - published in Boston. He is a graduate of Harvard, and I understand, a fine lawyer. He was one of the most active workers we had in the East during the campaign four years ago and last fall. He has great influence in the eastern states. In fact I,

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of Deeds in the District of Columbia, now held by a colored man.

J. L. Curtis - Graduate of Lincoln University of Illinois, a lawyer, practicing his profession in New York City. Dr. Curtis is a very talented young colored man, and has built up quite a practice for himself in New York. He was one of the men I relied upon during the last campaign, in the colored movement. He is a candidate for Minister to Hayti, and is peculierly qualified for that position.

R. N. Wood, of Harlem, New York City, is a leading organization colored democrat in New York City and County, and practically one of the leading democratic colored men in the State of New York. He has a very strong organization in the City, and recognized as a leader. He was a very faithful and effectual worker during the last campaign. He is a well educated man and a good speaker. He is a candidate for Collector - Second District - of the

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C. C. Clements - is the Editor of Star of Zion, the Official Church of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He comes from the state of North Carolina, and will be vouched for, as I understand, by Secretary Daniels and Senator Overman. Recognition is sought for Mr. Clements because of his high standing amongst the colored people and his identification with the newspaper in question. He was a strong advocate of President Wilson during the last campaign. He is a candidate for Minister to Liberia.

Frank Wheaton, of New York City. Mr. Wheaton is a college graduate and practices law in New York. He occupies a prominent position as a colored lawyer and is very influential amongst the colored people. He is a candidate for Consul to Sierra Leone.

James A. Howard, of Harrisburg, Pa. - is editor of New Era, a paper circulating amongst the colored people - is a graduate of a Quaker School

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Port of New York, now held by a colored man by the name of Charles Anderson. (I understand Charles Anderson has been quite a prominent Republican worker for years past in New York.)

J. A. Ross - is Editor of the "Informer", a newspaper published in Detroit, Mich., and also circulating in Illinois amongst the colored people. He has been a prominent colored democrat for many years and active in campaign work. He had charge of the Colored Headquarters at Chicago, under Judge Wade. Judge Wade was very earnest in his support for Mr. Ross. Ross is a candidate for Collector of Internal Revenue at Honolulu, Hawaii.

S. W. Watkins, Chicago, Ill. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, and connected with the Corporation Counsel's Office in Chicago. I understand he has a splendid record. He is a candidate for Assistant U.S. District Attorney at Chicago, Ill.

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relied upon him as one of the representative colored men in the eastern states. He is a candidate for Assistant U.S. Attorney, Boston, Mass.

Rev. J. Milton Waldron, D. C. He is the moving spirit of the National Independent Political League, having Headquarters at Washington. Dr. Waldron was very active four years ago and last fall, and in close touch with me during both campaigns, and is in pretty close touch with a number of Congressmen and some of the Senators. Confidentially, he wants about the biggest office that can be secured, and while he is entitled to recognition, yet I do not think that some of the men I have referred to above would be pushed aside for him. I know he will use his considerable influence, in view of the alleged work he has done. As between the two men, Walters and Waldron, Walters is the reliable and absolutely dependable one. Waldron is very jealous of Walters, and he and his following would like to supplant him, if possible, but the

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Bishop is anxious that Mr. Waldron should be properly recognized. Waldron's name has been used in connection with the office of Collector of Customs, Georgetown, D. C.

Bishop Walters asks nothing for himself; his soul has been in the work and the victory won appears to be sufficient compensation for him, but I would suggest, that his son, Alexander Walters, Jr., be placed, say as a messenger at the White House. He is a well educated young man, good looking and of gentlemanly deportment. He was connected with the Union Trust Compay as a messenger and is thoroughly reliable. This would be a compliment to the Bishop, recognizing this young man.

Then there is another named A. H. Underdown, well known amongst the colored people in this section and the District of Columbia. He has been very active for some years in the Democratic Party and performed splendid service during the last campaign. His business is that of Steward and Chef.

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He has quite a wide reputation in that business. If he could be placed at the White House as one of the stewards, it would be recognition that would be appreciated amongst the colored people.

Now, I have been somewhat copious in my references, becuase I suppose you want the fullest information.

All of the persons above named did yeoman service in the last campaign particularly, excepting young Walters, and all are men of education.

I trust you will see that this list be given consideration as soon as possible and thereby put an end to the tremendous pressure being made by the friends of these individuals to secure them recognition.

This is the list that Bishop Walter has agreed upon after consultation with various leading colored men throughout the country. I am,

Very sincerely yours, R. S. Hudspeth

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Race Adjustment suppressing burning wrath, the same professor applies these philosophical theories to cold facts in calm investigation of the conditions of race antagonisms in the South."

Boston Transcript: "This book of Professor Miller is from beginning to end an appeal to the reason, pure and simple, of both races. It ought to be in the hands of every serious student of the negro problem."

Louisville Courier-Journal: "One of the best written books on the race problem."

Chicago News: "The book is written with great ability, in English quite free from fault, and its logic is fairly inexorable."

Cleveland Plain-Dealer: "Professor Miller shows himself a master of an incisive style of writing and a keen logician."

San Francisco Examiner: "The writer's appeal should command universal respect and the clearness of his dispassionate reasoning should form a moving appeal to the justice and honor of his countrymen."

Now York Evening Post: "As admirable for its calmness and good temper as for its thoroughness and skill."

Independent: "There is no book which more fully and correctly represents the wishes and demands for equal recognition in civil and political rights than this volume."

Now York Sun: "For the most part, the essays are controversial, brilliantly so."

Professor Kelly Miller, a graduate of Howard University, took his post-graduate work in mathematies at Johns Hopkins, studying under the distinguished teachers, Dr. Fabian Franklin and Professor Simon Newcomb. He is now the Professor of Mathematies and Dean of the

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The Neale Publishing Company

Race Adjustment Essays on the Negro in America By Kelly Miller Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Howard University, Washington Large Octavo; $2.00, postage, 13 cents

Book News Monthly: "One finds here a less extreme and uncompromising attitude than that of Professor W. E. B. Dubois, and a larger horizon, a higher complexity of insights, than in the severer practicality of Booker Washington. Indeed, the range of subject is wide and varied. It touches history, poetry, education, labor, race characteristics, social questions and biographical illustration. The book is a real contribution to a theme much meditated by the Northern white man—but it is a contribution this time from the most intellectual negro author living."

Springfield Republican: "A strong and forceful putting of the case for the negro."

Dallas News: "The author is a cultured man, a forceful and most pleasing writer, interesting from the first sentence of the first chapter to the close of the book."

Hartford Courant: "It is wonderful that one of his race and opportunity should have the philosophical perception to analyse and exhibit the contrasts and diametrical oppositions in a complex character (Roosevelt's) so well; and it is no less wonderful that

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[stamp] THE WHITE HOUSE MAY 19 1913 RECEIVED

May 17" 1913.

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Hon. Joseph P. Tumulty Washington, D. C.

Dear Sir:

I am sending you herewith an article which I trust will interest you. If you judge that it will be of interest to President Wilson, I beg that you will call his attention to it.

Yours truly, Kelly Miller

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