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503 E. Grace St., February 21, 1918. Mr. A. B. Chandler Jr., Dean State Normal School, Fredericksburg, Va. My dear Mr. Chandler: I note what you say in your letter of February 13th with regard to your own feeling concerning the admission of women to the University at this time in view of the action of the Board of Visitors late in December. May I say one or two things to you in this connection merely by way of our understanding of each other? You are not perhaps aware that Governor Stuart was consistently hostile to our bill and it is the opinion of those closest to the situation that he made a point of putting on the Board men opposed to it. It is the general impression that the Board now stands 6 to 4 against anything being done for women at the University either now, or in future. It would therefore seem that the war with them was a mere excuse for doing nothing. In view of this situation, it seemed for us to think that the case was not being judged on its merits or with any reference to the needs of our women and our State at the present time. I know that the action of the Board was a great disappointment to Dr. Alderman and to such members of the faculty as Professor Thornton, Mr. Maphis, and Dean Page. The enclosed yellow sheet and letter signed by prominent alumni give some of the reasons why this resolution seemed to us particularly untimely. Of course, I cannot ask you to take the matter up with your father with reference to the Caroline Representative, if you still are of the same opinion with reference to the action of the Board: but I felt I would like to have you know the situation as it is. If you feel that you can take any action, it would be most helpful. With kindest regards, I am Sincerely yours, Chairman Central Committee