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503 E. Grace Street, Richmond, Va., July 18, 1917.
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503 E. Grace Street, Richmond, Va., July 18, `
Mr. J. R. Cary, C. & O. Railroad, Clifton Forge, Va.
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My dear Mr. Cary:  Our mutual friend, Mr. Spicer, tells me that you were kind enough to say that if I should write you in some detail with reference to the matter, that you thought you would be able to help us with reference to the Co-ordinate College movement in your section of the state, especially at Clifton Forge and Covington.  I mailed you sometime since, at the request of Mr. John LIvers, of Charlottesville, some literature with reference to this subject.  The college has never had much support either at Clifton Forge or Covington, Mr. Spessard, Senator Rinehardt, and last year, Mr. Goodwyn, having all been opponents on the theory of its competition with the common school.  This, of course, is a fallacy.  IN the first place, the College for women is the only link missing in the complete system of public education in Virginia.  Secondly, highly trained men and women are as necessary to the social and economic life of of the state as an educated electorate.  Third, the bulk of state funds coming to the common schools come from ten cent and capitation taxes, which, of course, increases normally the only possible sums furnished by the state with which the Co-ordinate College could be imagined to compete with are the direct appropriations which formed a very meager proportion of the sum which the state contributes to the school system.  It has been worked out with great care by Dean Page, of the University, and based on the estimate of ten years, the annual charge at the University for such a college would not exceed $30,000.  If this $30,000 were distributed even to the 500,000 school children enrolled or to the 12,000 teachers, you can see it would not constitute a drop in the bucket.  These are some of the arguments that ought to satisfy the minds of intelligent people whose difficulties lie on this line where they are really sincerely in the matter.
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Now, as to what can be done:  I notice that Mr. Greene's paper at Clifton Forge, as well as the paper formerly edited by Mr. Beirne at Covington, have both written articles recently along the lines suggested before in opposition to the College.  We should bring about a change of heart here if possible.  We need the support of Mr. Goodwyn, and we would be glad if you could interest Judge Anderson,  His daughter previous to her marriage, took considerable interest in this matter, but I had understood that the Judge had never supported it.  With some local influence, I think we should secure the support of Senator Rinehardt, since his son, Mr. Hollis Rinehardt, is very much interested in the College.
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We have written, at the suggestion of Mr. Stevens, to Mrs J. H. Callahan, of your town, asking her to serve as chairman in the tenth district.  If you can add a word to ours, we would be grateful, since her services in the district would be most helpful.  I throw out above suggestions as some of the things about which we need help.  Many others will probably occur to you.
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Thanking you for your willingness to co-operate with us and assuring you of our appreciation, I am Very truly yours,
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