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[I have read another packet very similar to this one that may have been a carbon copy. I recall in particular some of the text related to Virginia's illness and Mary's not being able to take on all of the work] [league stationary with a list of officers down the left hand margin. This will appear first and then the letter] CO-ORDINATED COLLEGE LEAGUE Richmond, Virginia 503 E. Grace St. December 24, 1917 Central Committee Mrs. B.B. Munford Chairman, Richmond Va Miss Virginia McKenney Vice- Chairman, Petersburg VA Mrs. Randolph Maynard, Vice-Chairman Richmond VA Mrs. W.H. Campbell, Secretary Richmond VA

FIRST DISTRICT Mrs. Russell Curlett, Bowler's Wharf Mrs. Homer Ferguson, Newport News Miss Ivy, Newport News Mrs. E.C. Madison, Warwick CH. Miss Bessie Taylor, Onancock Miss Bettie Wright, Tappahannock

SECOND DISTRICT Miss Nellie Barham, Capron Miss Lucy Holt, Norfolk Miss Nannie Kensett, Norfolk Mrs. S.A. Riddick, Smithfield Miss Emma C. Venable, Norfolk

THIRD DISTRICT Miss Lillie Barbour Richmond Mrs. Wm. A. Burrows, Richmond Mrs. W.D. Cardwell, Ashland Miss Katharine Hawes, Richmond Mrs.Kate Pleasants Minor, Richmond Mrs. M.C. Patterson, Richmond Mrs. Benj. Purcell, Glen Allen Mrs. Norman V. Randolph, Richmond Mrs. Wm G. Stanard, Richmond Mrs. B. B. Valentine, Richmond Mrs. Thos Wheelwright, Centralia

FOURTH DISTRICT Mrs. S.J. Atkinson, Champe Mrs. W. L. Devany, Dendron Miss Maude D. Hobbs, Petersburg Mrs. W. W. Robertson, Emporia Miss Edna Turpin, Chase City Mrs. R. D. Tucker, Powhattan Miss Belle Webb, Prince George

FIFTH DISTRICT Miss E. V. Gaines, Saxe, Va. Mrs. John L. Hagan, Danville Mrs. W. C. N. Merchant, Chatham Mrs. Faith T. Parrott, Martinsville Mrs. J. H. Priddy, Keysville

SIXTH DISTRICT Miss Ella Agnew, Blacksburg Mrs M.M. Caldwell, Roanoke Miss Lucy L. Davis, Lynchburg Mrs. N.D. Eller, Lynchburg Miss Ruth Early, Lynchburg Mrs. Jas. Kyle, Lynchburg Mrs. M.S. Moffet, East Radford Mrs. Thompson W. Goodwin, Roanoke Miss Frances Williams, Lynchburg Mrs. Mark Reid, Radford

SEVENTH DISTRICT Mrs. Robert Barton, Winchester Mrs. W.E. Carson, Riverton Mrs. Jas. E. Irvine, Charlottesville Mrs. John Neill, Berryville Mrs. James Williams, Woodstock Mrs. George Shackelford, Orange

EIGHT DISTRICT Mrs. Annie K. Barrett, Louisa Miss Nita Grimsley, Culpper Mrs. Frank T. Israels, Fairfax Miss Anne Gully, Leesburg Mrs. Henry Lockwood, Clarendon Miss Lula Metz. Manassas Miss E.H. Osborne, Manassas Mrs. George Shackelford, Orange Miss Adella Yowell, Culpeper Miss Jennie Moore, Fairfax

NINTH DISTRICT Mrs. B.F. Buchanan, Marion Mrs. Sam Aston, Lebanon Miss A.O. Daniel, East Stone Gap Mrs. Lottie Evans, Tazewell Mrs. R. Tate Irvine, Big Stone Gap Mrs. Josephine McNeill, Wise Mrs. C.B. Tate, Max Meadows Mrs. F.A. Wilder, North Holston

TENTH DISTRICT Mrs. J.A. Alexander, Staunton

Mrs. F.C. Davis, Lexington Mrs. O.G. Flippin, Cumberland Mrs. W.S. McClung, Eagle Rock Mrs. K. B. Robertston, Clifton Forge Mrs. Robert Sterrett, Monterey Miss Callie Steele, Covington Mrs. Joseph Woods, Milboro Mrs. L.C. Ware, Staunton

Prof. W. M. Thornton University Va My dear Prof. Thornton: Mr. Meredith spent last evening here and went over in detail with me the subject matter of last Saturday's conference between himself, Dr. Alderman, and your Committee at the University. He tells me the Board of Visitors is to meet on Friday evening.

In thinking the matter over. it has seemed to me best to write you personally with reference to the circumstances and plans of the Central Committee, made up of women. About a week ago, it was finally decided that Virginia McKenney must go away for at least four weeks for a complete rest, since the doctor and her family both felt this was absolutely necessary to her health. We were already much behind in the necessary propaganda for the College previous to the assembling of the legislature on account partly of the delay in the decision at the University with reference to the inclusion in the bill of a provision permitting the leasing of temporary quarters for the proposed College. When Virginia and I had to face the fact that she must leave the field at this critical point, we realized that it left upon me a burden of work which under other circumstances that confront me. it was impossible for me to assume in addition to what I had already planned as my part of the College work. With these facts in mind, we called a meeting of ten or twelve women here in Richmond, those who had formerly done the most arduous work for the College, and went over with them carefully the situation with which we were now confronted, in order to find how far they were in a position to meet the practical need of workers, which Virginia's sickness had created. After two hours together, the unanimous opinion of the women was that while we earnestly desired to press the Co-ordinate College, believing as we do in its special importance under war conditions, the women felt we should be forced to give up an intensive campaign previous to and during the Legislature for this College, by reason of four facts. 1. That there was no one to fill Virginia's place. 2. That they did not feel that I should attempt to assume the burden of both my own and Virginia's work, and that there was no woman in the group free to take up what Virginia had to put down. 3. We were unwilling to put a bill in the Legislature unless we were able to give it such support as