Emory, Va. Jan. 29, 1912.
Mrs. B. B. Munford, Richmond, Va. Dear Mrs. Munford: On my recent trip to Richmond I listened to the discussion of the Womans' College proposition with varying emotions. It has been my desire for many years to see the University of Virginia democratized and the last vestige of exclusiveness rooted out of its spirit and organization. I will say frankly that in my opinion that will never be accomplished until the University is made coeducational. For that reason I have heartly welcomed the summer school at the University in which there is no distinction of sex. I have always felt that the ultimate logical outcome of the summer school would be coeducation; first probably in the graduate department; then in the courses leading to the B. A. degree; then at last in the professional departments. I thought it might be fifty years before coeducation would come in the professional schools. I have welcomed the establishment of a Woman's College at the University and have advocated it for years feeling that it would insure coeducation in the graduate department at once and its early adoption in the courses leading to the B. A. degree. I know that coeducation is not popular in Virginia at present, but I hoped that the Woman's College would remove the horror that honest and high minded lovers of the University now feel towards coeducation. I believe that the University will not and can not be the democratized and socialized institution that I wish it to be until it assumes its proper relation to all our white people regardless of sex or social condition. Holding these opinions which I entertained while a student in the University, years before the present agitation for a Woman's College began, I am discouraged that most of the advocates of a state College for the higher education of women have been driven by the opposition to consent to the establishment of a coordinate College which is to be so distinct from the University that it is virtually a separate institution whose students will no more share in the life and thought of the University than do any other group of young ladies who may happen to live in or be temporarily domiciled at Charlottesville. With the assurances that are being made by the friends of the bill in its present form, the Woman's College must, at least for the present generation, stand isolated and enjoy only purely incidental and accidental advantages from its location at or near the University since it would be a breach of faith that will be bitterly and properly resented if any thing like co-education and the widest use of the democratized University should be conceded the women in this generation. The Woman's College, if it is not established on the right relation to the University will stand isolated, virtually a separate state institution, which will necessarily require a large annuity from the state (unless it is endowed by private munificence) and will always be an expensive school. This with its lack of the democratized ideal that would come from being a part of the University in fact as well as in legal relation, will, I fear develop a spirit in the institution that is very remote from the purpose and aim of the advocates of the present bill. Unless the girls in the Woman's College enjoy more than an incidental and accidental advantage from the faculty and the present and future equipment of the University the College will not serve the young women as effectivly [effectively] as if it were located fifty or one hundred miles away in a cultured community where the College could stand for something in itself and develop a life and tradition like that of Vassar or Randolph-Macon College for women. In my judgment the college plan had better lose in the legislature for the next ten years than to confine and issolate [isolate] itself so completely as the advocates of the "Coordinate College" are proposing. I sincerely believe that the coordinated college as defined in the addresses before the Senate Committee, instead of fully realizing what all the friends of the higher education of women desire will, in a measure, defeat the high purpose of its advocates, namely: the democratization and the widest social usefulness of the University. If the Woman's College buildings were placed in easy reach of the library, museums, laboratories, and lecture rooms of the University and if some equipment were provided