Johnson thanks his correspondent for writing and thanks him for his “kind and generous favor in considering my efforts in the music world for your collection.” However, he asks his that “Under the Bamboo Tree” be withdrawn as a ‘Caption’ for “personal reasons of utmost importance.” He is referring to the sheet music he published. He offers others instead, mentioning other of his most well-known and well-respected works, “Lazy Man,” “Castle on the Nile” or “The Congo Love Song.” He says, “But my real choice would be ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ (the Negro National Anthem) sung by school children and ‘grown ups’ for more than fifty years, and still is being sung.” The Negro National Anthem he refers to was first performed in 1900 in Florida where he was born. Signed, "J. Rosamond Johnson." In the second letter to the same correspondent on Johnson's printed personalized stationery with ASCAP insignia in upper left corner, Johnson apologizes for not having sent "the enclosed to you sooner." Signed, "J. Rosamond Johnson."
John Rosamond Johnson with brother James Weldon formed a successful team of lyricist and composer. In additions to their well known anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” are the many popular hits they sold as sheet music such as “Under the Bamboo Tree.” Our research indicates this letter is unpublished.