503 E. Grace Street, Richmond, Va,, July 18 1917. Mr. J. R. Cary, C. & O. Railroad, Clifton Forge, Va. 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 schools. 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 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 argument that ought to satisfy the minds of intelligent people whose difficulties lie on this line where they are really sincerely in the matter.