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Folder 020 - "Moore, R. Walton, 1913-1919", Item 005

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503 E. Grace St,. Richmond, Va., Dec. 16, 1913.

Mr. R. Walton Moore, Colorado Bldg., Washington, D.C.

My dear Mr. Walton:- I want to thank you for your letter and generous contribution towards the expenses of the campaign incident to the establishment of the Coordinate College. We had a very successful hearing before the board of Visitors but as you have probably seen, action has been delayed until January 5th. This certainly indicates to my mind that those who were opposed did not feel it safe to vote that evening. It would be very helpful if you could get into touch with Judge Norton of Alexandria, and endeavor to find out what are the questions in his mind which he would wish to have further cleared up. During the hearing I was under the impression that he was apparently much under the influence of Mr. William H. White, who, is, you know, an outspoken opponent of the college, and who sat next to Judge Norton during the morning session. Judge Norton probably has his own difficulties, and wherever we can ascertain what these are, we are endeavoring to send them before January 5th, such information as we have bearing upon these specific points. If you can help us in this regard with reference to Judge Norton, it will do the cause a service. May I thank you also for your telegram which was presented to the Board of Visitors, along with other letters and telegrams from those unable to be present in person at the hearing. I herewith enclose you a list which we filed with the Board of Visitors, showing there were 52 persons from various sections of the State present, either by telegram, letter or in person, 32 of these were present in person to make short talks and present resolutions of their various organizations. I think that the speeches and arguments on our side certainly were well ahead of those of the opposition, by reason of the fact that the information and the facts were in our hands, while the other side argued almost entirely from presupposition and point of view of tradition and fear as to what might happen were the college created. Your letter was read as a part of the testimony bearing upon the inability of the State to furnish equal opportunities for women elsewhere than at the University.