503 East Grace Street, Richmond, Va. March 16th, 1914.
Senator Thos. S. Martin, United States Senate, Washington, D. C.
My dear Senator:- I am writing to express to you the thanks of the Women's Committee for your interest and assistance in the bill for the establishment of the Co-ordinate College, just defeated by so narrow a majority by the Legislature of 1914. You will note that taking the Senate and House together, we had a majority of three, and I am satisfied if the vote had been taken in the House at 4 o'clock instead of 8 o'clock, we should have passed the bill, since four votes in the House would have turned the scale, and at least nine members of the House voted differently from what we had reason to expect they would do, all of which number came from the Southeast. Three other members of the House acted in a similar fashion. Two things have surprised me, namely that we seemed unable to get any assistance from Mr. Tate Irvine, and that Hon. H. E. Weaver voted in the negative. In view of what happened at the morning session of the House on Friday, the 13th inst., I confess I was somewhat surprised at the action of these gentlemen. I enclose you a copy of a letter we are mailing to the delegates of the Southwest which explains itself. We are trying to understand just what happened and why it happened. However, the purpose of this letter is not so much to comment on the action of the Legislature, as to thank you sincerely both personally and in the name of the committee for your assistance and good will towards us. We are not discouraged. We know that the vote cast by this General Assembly spells Victory both this year, and in 1916 the passage of our bill. We would bespeak your interest and help in the future, and assure you that we are already at work to reform our lines and begin a new campaign. Hoping I may have the privilege of seeing you in person some time in the not too distant future and going over with you this matter, I am with regards, Sincerely yours, [blank]