Dear compatriot: I am
glad that the delay of your letter of the 10th, in which you ask
my advice, and my strong reflection and patriotism have kept me
from giving you the solicited advice.
What I can advise my
compatriots in general, my friends in particular, the people en
masse, and each man individually, is that they have one single
decision for each need that is addressed, and not a triple series
of reasons to lean toward three different choices at the same
You are young and
intelligent; you love your country and have earned honorable
notoriety-so choose one of the two things a good Puerto Rican
today can and should do: either work to keep someone in the United
States who continuously declares that Puerto Rico wants a
temporary government, or work for the quickest declaration of
statehood. The former is the most dignified, wise, and human
choice because it simultaneously saves the people's identity
today, commercial wealth and independence tomorrow, and peace
always; the second choice, honorable and good in itself, has the
inconvenience of being to a certain extent a solution imposed by
armed force; it has the inconvenience of subordinating Puerto
Rico's economic wealth and independence to the United States'
clumsy economic policy; it has the inconvenience of turning Puerto
Rico, in the case of war against the United States, into a primary
target for enemies who could possibly be worse than the previous
The quote by whomever
about whatever, to whose context (which you have graciously
brought to my attention) you say you owe your distrust in our
country's politicians, is a quote which serves to judge the
political education Spain has given the Puerto Ricans.
The education club you
are thinking of founding should not be under anyone's protection.
If there is someone to be educated and education needs permission,
then he is already condemned not to be a man.
schools of the League cannot be founded in a country which, at
this time, is masked by senseless favoritism.
I am very
pleased by your continued adhesion to my doctrines. To make them
more honest in the society that has adopted them best, I will