118 - 119 [sheet glued-in] Report of State Legislative Chairman, April 3, 1918.
Since we met, I have sent out more than two thousand letters. Many of these letters contained lists of Virginia Congressmen and Senators and others. A large quantity of literature has been sent out. In January alone, there were 340 letters, 350 lists and 1700 pieces of literature sent out. In February, 30 letters and March 58. Many printed forms of resolutions have been mailed with requests that resolutions be gotten from all good sources, and many petitions have been sent out, it is hoped that much fruit will be garnered in. I have called on the Virginia senators three times and seen them twice. They are both against the amendment but it is believed that a sufficiently strong appeal through resolutions and petitions can move them. I have done some lobying here and in Richmond, I have saw our congressman (some of them) and tried to see others. It was my good fortune to be in the House when the amendment was passed and to yell for Mr. Slemp, who gave the only favorable vote from Virginia. It would be right, I think, to give him a rising vote of thanks at our annual meeting and to send him a copy, thus showing our appreciation. It will be appreciated if the ladies keep their Legislative Chairman advised of all work done. It is known that much work is not reported. It was ascertained that many letters and telegrams went to congressmen when the amendment was in the House, so many that they "cut them out" on the last day. Mr. Montague got 28 in one bunch the day before (Jan. 9th). Having passed the House, the Amendment MUST pass the Senate at this session of Congress and strong resolutions, thousands of petitions, letters, telegrams etc must flood the Senate from now until they act. Gen. Haig wired President Wilson, "One and all believe in the justice of our cause and are determined to fight without counting the cost until the freedom of mankind is safe." We must do likewise and we should so advice Mr. Wilson and the Senate. We do not have to cable him, or them. I regret the necessity for being absent from your meeting (our meeting), but expect to enjoy the meeting here night of April 2nd. Whenever it is for the good of the cause to elect a new Legislative Chairman, please do it without hesitancy. We are working for the amendment and must do it in the best way, regardless.