a man who is rather loth to express himself would have been willing to write a letter which is not in the nature of a simple word of good will but really an expression of opinion from the point of view of educational policy. I had not written you that I had this letter because Mr. Crane told me that he had already talked with you in regard to the matter, but I though you might be interested to see the letter itself.
We are especially anxious that the University Board should take some action in the near future upon this college matter. In going over the list, we find that certainly five, including Mr. Stearns, are favorable to the college, with only three actually known to be opposed, and a very good chance of securing favorable action from Dr. Drewry and Mr. Tate Irvine, which would give us the majority, In order to interest these gentlemen, I am sending them this week copies of a collection of letters, and it seems to me that if they will read them with any degree of care, they must materially help to remove from their minds such doubts as now exists. Would it not be possible to appoint a committee, say of five, this committee to be made up of those known to be well disposed toward the college, including either Mr. Irvine or Dr. Drewry, to confer with the women interested in the coordinate college? Then if a bill can be agreed upon satisfactory to these gentlemen, they might report favorably to the Board as a whole, and it would seem that in this way we might have some reasonable assurance of securing speedy and favorable action. It is with this idea in mind that I have sent copies of the letters to Mr. Tate Irvine, Dr. Drewry, Mr. Armistead Gordon, Mr. John Craddock, Mr. J. K. M. Norton and Hon. Walton Moore, and have also asked Dean Page to put a copy in the hands of Mr. Michie. If you think well of this plan, will you not take the matter up with Dean Page and Mr. Gordon? I am satisfied that this winter is the 'accepted time' with us so far as getting action from Legislature is concerned. The progressive sentiment aboard in the state will be of material assistance to us, especially in view of the fact that we have this letter from President Wilson.
Mr. Maphis tells me that Dr. Jarman has already suggested the development of Farmville into a normal college, which would mean, of course, the placing there of the training of high school teachers. This you know even better than I would be a calamity to our educational system and a matter of regret to the University with its newly established school of pedagogy.