503 East Grace St., Richmond, Va., Jan. 12, 1914.
Mr. John W. Craddock Lynchburg, Virginia.
My dear Mr. Craddock:- Yours of January 7th finds me ill in bed with grippe, from which place I am sending you this reply.
First let me thank you for writing so fully and frankly to me, giving me the benefit of your valuable counsel and advice. As to the suggestion that I am opposed to locating the proposed Coordinate College east of Charlottesville, this is a mistake. I could not oppose locating the college there because I am not sufficiently familiar with the lay of the land about Charlottesville to have any opinion as to whether such a location would be wise or not. Two points, however, have been clear in my mind from the beginning:-
First, I have always insisted that the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia, after studying the land about Charlottesville and the necessities of the coordinate type of institution, based upon conference with those who had successfully operated such institutions, would be fully able to decide wisely upon a proper location for this college, such a location combining the maximum of privacy with maximum of efficiency.
Second, that if the maximum of privacy and efficiency could be obtained by locating the college on grounds now owned by the state, that it would contribute materially to the willingness of the Legislature to found such an institution, by reason of its economy, and the necessity, in view of the resources at the command of the state to utilize the property now owned by the state to the best advantage.
In a letter to me dated February 19, 1912, Mr. Harman wrote: “In the case of the Woman’s College the land is already provided, and hence no appropriation is necessary for that purpose. He wrote this after some investigation of the matter, owing to the fact that during the last session of the Legislature, it was a question of whether we could put into the bill that the college be located one mile from the University and still allow the grounds already owned by the State to be utilized.
If I understand Dr. Alderman two years ago he thought the proper site could easily be found on lands owned by the State. After the matter had been under discussion at the University, Mr. Lambeth, Supt. of Buildings and Grounds, wrote me on Feb. 27, 1912, as follows: “Concerning the extent of the University grounds, they are more than a mile and one-eighth. To the southeast of the rotunda, it is more than a mile to our boundary. The Observatory is about one mile from the rotunda.” If, therefore, I have hoped that the initial cost of founding the coordinate college might be reduced by the lack of necessity of purchasing grounds, it was because suggestions such as these led me to think that from the University point of view a proper site on University lands was available. The location to the east of Charlottesville was an entirely new idea to me until the recent action