Would it be possible for you to be in Richmond and confer with the gentlemen, together with myself and Miss McKenny, who have prepared the bill as it now stands. I wish too that we might have the privilege of a conference with Dean Page and Mr. Gordon. I had almost made up my mind to go to Charlottesville and Staunton for this purpose, but unfortunately illness has overtaken me. If it were possible for you three gentlemen to meet with our committee here prior to Wednesday next it would certainly be the thing I should most desire and of material benefit in a wise decision of the question raised by your letter. If you could in any way bring this about I should personally be most grateful to you.
I have hoped that the bugbear of the supposed great cost might not be raised in the minds of this Legislature, whose policy is evidently to be one very probably of reduction in the tax rate. It has seemed to me that an over emphasis on the cost of the coordinate college, would certainly be a bad weapon in the hands of those, who like Mr. Hunton, Mr. Taylor, Mr. McGuire and Mr. Harrison of your city, are anxious to defeat the measure. They can much more successfully bring this about by dealing in side issues than by meeting the heart of the question squarely. I think they realize this, and that therefore the emphasis upon commissions and expense has been eagerly seized upon by them. It so happens that the coordinate college at Harvard, at Brown, and at Columbia had in each instance a very modest beginning. In the instance of Barnard College at Columbia with a present endowment of nearly four million and a student body of 800 they made a beginning