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327 East Market Street,
Xenia, Ohio, June 19, 1930.

Honorable Oscar DePriest, MC,
House of Representatives
Washington, D. C.

My dear Mr. DePriest:

I am returning through you to the Adjutant General of the Army my declination of the appointment as second alternate to William Thomas, principal for cadetship at West Point. After going over the papers with care and conferring with my father I find that I cannot qualify at this time. 

I thank you for the honor conferred upon me and if you can consider me for the March, 1931 appointment I am prepared to move to Chicago, establish a residence and fully prepare myself for the March examination. My father is writing you under separate cover. 

Again thanking you and assuring you of my earnestness and appreciation, I am,

Gratefully and sincerely yours,

Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr.
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