4. [effi]ciency and the economies, which this type of institution should effect. If a bill embodying these vital items receives the support of the Board of Visitors, and therefore becomes a University measure to be lead and pressed by them with the special responsibility for this development at the University resting upon the University itself, speaking both personally and for our Woman's Committee, I want to say that we, of course, would much prefer such a situation to the issuance by us of any statement at this time, our thought being that if the University can lead, thus lifting from us a responsibility, which circumstances have made it impossible for us to continue to perform, we would get behind the University with all the organization we have, giving to the matter every support and counsel that our time and strength would permit. If it is not amiss, may I, dear Professor Thornton, again recall to the mind of your Committee what took place at the conference in Charlottesville on October 15th. Virginia and I at that time made three suggestions: 1. That the time had come for the University to assume leadership of the co-ordinate College fight. 2. That this was the last year we believed a Co-ordinate Institution as against straight out co-education to be a practical proposition, whatever our desires might be. 3. That it was advisable that the Institution would be, if possible, opened at once in "leased quarters." Certainly the circumstances now existing at the University have made the probabilities of co-education even more immediate than even we, at that time, anticipated. It is evident also that the University authorities themselves now see the wisdom of the "leased quarters." If I could only feel sure of the third proposition; namely the assumption at this time of the leadership of this matter by the authorities of the University itself, supporting a bill drawn in its essential features in the terms of the bill which has stood the test of two sessions of the Legislature, and which was the basis of formal agreement between our Committee and the University Committee, I should feel like saying, "Lord, now let thy servant depart in peace."
It may be presumptous for me to say so, but knowing as I do something with reference to the temper of the Legislature and the general educational situation in the State, if I were either a member of the faculty or of the Board of Visitors of the University, I should press such a measure with all the strength and power at my command upon the attention of the Legislature, which is about to assemble. It is, I believe, our one and last opportunity of avoiding co-education. It will give the University an adequate chance to serve the State during the period of the war, which with the disappearance of the boys, becomes increasingly difficult. It is the best chance of saving the State from completing the policy of what is known as "College Education" at four points in the State, which expenditures will always compete with the University in its demands upon the State for funds for the higher education of women. And lastly, it will give this ancient institution almost the most promising educational opportunity of the twentieth century; namely, to have a share in the education and the diction of the thought and purpose of the trained womanhood of our country.
This letter is already too long, but there seemed much that I needed to say. In closing, may I reiterate and emphasize the fact that if the University will lead, we will follow, and personally, the best I have, so far as my strength and other duties permit, is now, as it has always been, at the disposal of the movement for the establishment at the University of a Co-ordinate College for women.
I am adding to this otherwise business letter a word of affectionate personal greeting to you, desiring as I always do to make you feel how much your generous service and hearty co-operation has been appreciated, and to say again that I count your friendship among some of the best things the Co-ordinate College fight has brought me.
With Christmas wishes for you and yours, believe me, dear Professor Thornton, with high regard, Sincerely yours, [blank]