Folder 020 - "Moore, R. Walton, 1913-1919", Item 005
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You will see from the enclosed papers that the endorsements of the various organizations which are behind our movement, number nearly 70,000 people. The other paper is a synopsis of the letters from expert educators which we offered as a brief in support of our contention that a coordinate college was efficient both as a social and educational institution. The other side offered two letters, one from Mr. Oscar Underwood, the second from Mr. John Sharp Williams, as the result of an application having been made to four people for testimony. These were the facts as stated by Mr. Hunton, who presented the letters. We feel that our evidence from those connected with the Government at Washington, by reason of the fact not only of their prestige, but because each and every one of them had been for the major portion of his life connected with education as a profession, made their testimony far outweigh that of the two gentlemen above mentioned, who distinguished as they are, have neither of them given much attention to education as a science.
Those who appeared before the Board of Visitors in opposition to the Coordinate College were seven in number, three gentlemen from Richmond, Messrs. Murray McGuire, Henry Taylor, and Eppa Hunton, Robt. Hughes of Norfolk, and Randolph Harrison from Lynchburg. - One other gentleman from Portsmouth, whose name escapes me.
We asked after the hearing at the hands of these gentlemen, that they would use their efforts to call meetings of the Alumni in the three cities of Norfolk, Lynchburg, and Richmond, and allow us to present our purposes as regards the college and our reasons for believing it was a good thing, before the Alumni organizations, feeling that the purpose of our bill and of those behind the college had not had opportunity to be fully understood by the Alumni, we were quite willing to have present at the same time a speaker with a contrary point of view. Mr. Harrison and Mr. Hunton were not present when this request was made, but the other gentlemen all declined to have any part in bringing this about, Mr. Taylor going so far as to say, as President of the Richmond Chapter, that he would do all that he could to prevent such a plan being carried out. This would seem to indicate that the Alumni who opposed the Coordinate College did not desire to have the matter frankly and freely discussed.
We are very anxious to have any suggestions from you as to the conduct of this matter in the coming session of the Legislature, as to any work that could be done with reference to the Board of Visitors, previous to their meeting January 5th, in fact, as to the plans and policies along any lines which occur in regard to which you feel moved to give your advice. Your support has been of the greatest value to the cause and I trust that when the Coordinate College is in fact a reality at the University, you will feel some gratification at having so ably championed the cause.
Very sincerely yours,