503 East Grace Street, Richmond, Virginia, March 3, 1920.
Mr. Cary F. Jacobs,
My dear Mr. Jacobs -
Your letter of October 20th has remained longer unanswered than was my desire or purpose when I first received it.
As to the women and the University, of which you write, you doubtless have seen from the papers that the Board of Visitors decided to admit women to graduate and professional work without any further legislative enactment. This action was taken on account of a letter send by me as Chairman of our Co-Ordinate College League, asking that this year they make provision for women in these departments of the University along the lines of the Strode bill, suggesting that they either act in their own capacity or put a bill in the Legislature. The letter was distributed at the order of the Board to the various members of the Board and a special meeting called for its consideration. The meeting called for such consideration took the action above noted. They did at the same time what seems to me a rather stupid thing, -- appointed a committee to make rules and regulations with reference to the admission of women, instead of adhering to the Strode bill, which admitted women on the same terms as men to these departments, only requiring that they be eighteen years of age. The rules and regulations that they have made are most unfair to the women, and will, I believe, react unfavorably upon the University in the future when they will need the loyalty and support of the women in securing appropriations at the hands of the General Assembly.
However, the crust is broken and a beginning has been made.
I shall be glad to hear from you as to your views with reference to the above and any suggestion you may have to make in regard to the same.
I herewith enclose you copy of the aforesaid rules and regulations.
With regards and best wishes for you and your work,
Sincerely yours, [blank]