Richard Greener to Booker T. Washington
Stores College, Harper's Ferry, [W. Va.] July 31st, 1906
Private and Confidential
…. Since I am here, I learn of the approaching "Niagara [Movement]" convention, to be held here. My intent has been to return here in any event. Now, I seem to see a chance to be present, as a spectator, and perchance have an opportunity to say a word, in reconcilement of apparently conflicting elements, which at the present time, of all others, ought to be completely in harmony, to be effective. Will you be north again before this Niagara meeting? If so, can you not let me know, in advance, so that we can have a private talk over the situation. I should consider it a privilege to have a chance to hold up your hands—did you really need it, or, at any rate, do some thing to reciprocate your consistent friendship of twenty-two years standing….
Booker T. Washington: to Richard Greener
[Traveling to Midwest] August 11, 1906
My dear Prof. Greener: I have just received your telegram. There are some facts which I wanted to put before you before that meeting, but I suppose it will do just as well to see you afterward.
You will find, in the last analysis, that the whole object of the Niagara Movement is to defeat and oppose every thing I do. I have done all I could to work in harmony with [W.E.B.] Du Bois, but he has permitted Trotter and others to fool him into the idea that he was some sort of a leader, consequently he has fritt[er]ed away his time in agitation when he could succeed as a scientist or soc[i]ologist.
I hope that you will spare no pains to get on the inside of everything. I appreciate very much the spirit and the object of your letter of a few days ago, and I shall trust your judgment.