503 East Grace St., Richmond, Va., Jan. 12, 1914.
Mr. John W. Craddock Lynchburg, Virginia.
My dear Mr. Craddock:- Yours of January 7th finds me I’ll in bed with grippe, from which place I am sending you this reply.
First let me thank you for writing so fully and frankly to me, giving me the benefit of your valuable counsel and advice. As to the suggestion that I am opposed to locating the proposed Coordinate College east of Charlottesville, this is a mistake. I could not oppose locating the college there because I am not sufficiently familiar with the lay of the land about Charlottesville to have any opinion as to whether such a location would be wise or not. Two points, however, have been clear in my mind from the beginning:-
First, I have always insisted that the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia, after studying the land about Charlottesville and the necessities of the coordinate type of institution, based upon conference with those who had successfully operated such institutions, would be fully able to decide wisely upon a proper location for this college, such a location combining the maximum of privacy with maximum of efficiency.
Second, that if the maximum of privacy and efficiency could be obtained by locating the college on grounds now owned by the state, that it would contribute materially to the willingness of the Legislature to found such an institution, by reason of its economy, and the necessity, in view of the resources at the command of the state to utilize the property now owned by the state to the best advantage.