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April 1, 1916 Mr. J. C. Harris, Leesburg, Virginia. My Dear Mr. Harris:

I was very much interested in and gratified by your letter of March 21st. I must apologize for my delay in answering the same. The facts are that I have been overwhelmed with work, and not having any secretary or regular stenographer, it has been simply impossible for me to meet with any promptness the demands upon my time and attention.

We are very glad that your paper should have asked the direct questions with reference to the votes of Messrs. Daniel and Noland on the co-ordinate college bill. Since receipt of your letter I have read with interest the communication of Mr. Daniel and Dr. Noland to your query. As to Mr. Daniel's argument that had the co-ordinate college bill passed there would have been in the next two years a raise of taxes on real estate to the amount of 10%, I would say, judging by the closing paragraph of his letter, that this proposed raise probably refers to the Read Bill. The Reed Bill did not propose an increase of 10% in the tax on real estate, but proposed an increase on real estate and tangible personal property as well of 100%; namely, the idea was that the Mill tax not available for school purposes from all forms of property should be increased from 10 to 20, but applied only to real estate and tangible personal property, which were the only two classes under the present segregation plan to which it would be feasible to apply such an increase. Owing to the fact that a "10% increase" would have been 11¢, not 20, as was Mr. Reed's proportion, I infer that Mr. Daniel was somewhat unfamiliar with the details of this whole matter.

The friends of the Reed bill also contended that the proposed tax would yield an increase $750,000 for the common schools. If Mr. Daniel is logical therefore in thinking that the co-ordinate college would have [line mostly illegible] suggests we must conclude that he estimates that the college would cost the State of Virginia $750,000 per annum. Since the regular annuity to the University as it now stands, after one hundred years of life, is only some $80,000, exclusive of the $22,000 or $24,000 appropriated