Richmond, Va., March 4, 1914. Hon. Thomas S. Martin, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C. Dear Mr. Martin:
I have spent to-day and yesterday evening in Richmond, and have found the Co-ordinate College situation very much more encouraging than I had expected, There seems to be an undoubted majority in the Senate; the difficulty there will be to bring the bill to a vote. Early tells me that he has been talking with you this afternoon on this matter. If he could get two or three of the following senators to vote to take the bill up out of its order, he thinks he could pass it readily. I mention these names, thinking possibly you might bring some direct influence to bear on them for this specific purpose: Lesner, Drewry, Massie, Tavenner, Hobbs, Moncure, Edmonson. Mrs. Munford thinks, and Early concurs, that they have twenty four or five votes in favor of the measure, so that they need three or four of the above men to make the required twenty-seven to take the bill up out of its order. Pitts now counts forty-four, five, or six in the House, possibly forty-seven or eight, with a doubtful list of fourteen, so, if we can get favorable action in the Senate, there seems to be a good chance that the bill will pass the House, if it can ever be brought to a vote there.