Sacramento: Governor's Office. March 31st , 1919.
10 x 8 inches approximately, laid in clear plastic holder. Slight discoloration and two small edge nips, otherwise in near-fine condition.
W. D. Stephens was the 24th Governor of California, serving from 1917 to 1923. As Lt. Governor at the time Hiram Johnson resigned the Governorship in 1917 [to take his position as elected U. S. Senator from California], he succeeded Johnson and was elected to a second term in 1918 on the Progressive ticket. Very interesting content of this letter in which Stephens vigorously defends the California initiative. The initiative was adopted in California in 1911 and already had many critics. Stephens says in no uncertain terms that ìThe right of the people to avail themselves of this important instrument of the government should not be curtailed. It is far better to tolerate some abuse than to impair this great factor in free government.îThe letter is written on official stationery of the Governor's Office with a depiction of the great seal of the State of California.