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Mrs. Louis Brownlow:- Page, 2. would otherwise have been a matter simply of good generalship immediately became complex. And Upon correspondence with Mrs. Catt, personal interview with Mrs. Helen Hunt Gardener and with Mrs. Ellis Meredith, as well as letters to Mr. Tumulty and to Mr. Cummings, we were arranging to have communications from the President and from the Democratic National Committee, sent to Virginia at the psychological moments, after the transmission of the amendment by the Governor. Unfortunately, and inadvertently, the Woman's Party committee got wind of our plans, and, one of their number, representing herself as coming from our organization, got Mr. Cummings'letter sent before the amendment was really before the Assembly. Of this transaction we are perfectly certain. As the President's telegram to our Legislature came at the same time, we feel sure the same Woman's Party emissary interfered there, but we are not yet in possession of positive proof. It was for this reason that I sent you the hurry call this morning . Certain House members were getting the impression from the Woman's Party committee that they alone could "bring pressure to bear from Washington", as they phrase it; and the time seemed ripe for an "S.O.S." to which your message was the response, and saved the situation-for today anyway. Notone can tell from day to day what "stunt" they may stage next. And for this reason I think it best to tell you the names of the committee working here with that Party: Mrs. E.V. Meredith, State Chairman; Mrs. Dexter Otey, Vice-chairman; Miss Anita Politzer, Miss Betty Gram, and Miss Mabel Vernon. (Miss Vernon was here last week, but has not been here since.) They represent a very small group in Virginia, while our League numbers more that 25,000. A letter from Mrs. Catt, received day before yesterday, directed us to communicate with you if we needed assistance during Mrs. Gardener absence from Washington. I am indeed sorry to have had to do so when you were suffering from a cold, although I am quite sure that such a good suffragist as yourself, will not mind anything for the sake of the cause, and you can never realize what your gracious aquiescence and ready aid has meant to us and to Virginia, and incidentally to the nation--Virginia being a pivotal State in a way; and we do hope so much to carry in January at the regular session. Mrs. Funk had been sent sown from the Democratic National Committee in response to a long distance call from Miss Adele Clark, vice-chairman of our ratification committee, and her being here today has been a wonderful help, as you can well see. My 'phone call to you has held before I learned of her presence here. She returned to Washington his afternoon in full possession of the details of the situation in Virginia, and of the personnel of our committee at the Capitol: Mrs. John H. Lewis, chairman; Miss Adele Clark, vice-chairman; Mrs. Frank L. Jobson, Miss Nora Houston and Miss Elizabeth Pidgeon of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, and of Wadesville, Va I mention those names so that they may be familiar to you in case calls come from Virginia. We hope very much to meet and thank you personally some of these days; and if you ever come to Richmond, we hope you will let some of us know that you are her. Gratefully yours (Edith Clark Cowles} Executive Secretary.