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Wyndham R. Meredith Attorney at Law Richmond, Va. November 26, 1919. Professor William M. Thornton, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. My dear Professor Thornton:- Mrs. Munford has shown me your letter. You know how in the past we have lent upon your powerful support and we feel that we can count on your aid in the future. The point you make as to graduate work was considered by us in our conference with Dr. Alderman prior to the sending of the admirable and conclusive argument contained in Mrs. Munford's letter. All admit that it is most important to have the bill go through the present Legislature endorsed as a University measure by the Board and Faculty of the institution. The bill will cover the professional schools as well as graduate work. At least that is the nature of the bill we hope will be introduced by the University authorities with Dr. Alderman's approval.

As far as I can learn there is no fear on the part of those best acquainted with the opportunity that would be afforded women in these department, that the attendance for at least two or three years, if not longer, would be large.

My old friend Minor Lile, need not fear many Portias for several years to come. One or two might come from other states, but as far as Virginia is concerned, I doubt if she would send a single student at first. As to the graduate department, a half dozen is the limit which those experts that have considered the matter predict. I trust this will be shown to be a correct prognosis of the situation, and will allay any apprehension you may feel. Your support at this time, as always, is vital to our cause.

We are to see Dr. Alderman tomorrow. In the meanwhile I may add on the authority of Mr. Harris Hart, that Mrs. Munford's views met with almost unanimous approval by the members of the Board present. The Board is to consider the question at a meeting to be held prior to the assembling of the Legislature, with every prospect that a bill will be presented to that body as a University measure. Faithfully as ever yours, [blank] WRM:M