[letterhead] Equal Suffrage League of Virginia. President, Mrs. B. B. [Lila Meade] Valentine, 2338 Monument Ave., Richmond, VA. Hon. Vice-Presidents. Mrs. Louise Collier Willcox. Norfolk, VA. Miss Ellen Glasgow, Richmond, VA. Mrs. Kate Langkey Bosher, Richmond, VA. Mrs. Kate Waller Barret, Alexandria, VA. Vice-Presidents. Miss Mary Johnston, Richmond, VA. Mrs. J. H. [Elizabeth Dabney Langhorne] Lewis, Lynchburg, VA. Mrs. C. V. [Sophie G.] Meredith, Richmond, VA. Mrs. Stephen [Ellie] Putney, Wytheville, VA. Mrs. G. M. [Grace H.] Smithdeal, Recording Secretary. Mrs. Alice O. Taylor, Headquarters Secretary. Mrs. E. G. [Ellen Gertrude] Kidd, Treasurer. Mrs. John S. [Lelia G.] Munce, Auditor, of Richmond, VA. State Headquarters, Richmond, VA. Commercial Building, Second Street Between Broad and Grace.
March 19-1914. My dear Mrs. Townsend:- In reply to your card, will state that in 1914 74 members of the Legislature voted against the suffrage resolution, 13 for, and 13 did not vote at all. In 1912, 85 members voted against, 12 for, and 3 did not vote. Personally, I feel that we would have received a much larger vote for our measure had the Speaker of the House been at all fair. As it was, when the Clerk read the proposed amendments to the Constitution, he smiled, and continued to smile throughout the entire reading. This was enough for the House, and the members took their cue from him, jesting, laughing, sneering and being generally so disorderly that the patrons of the measure could scarcely be heard. They were constantly interrupted by opponents asking trivial questions, and not once throughout the entire proceedings did the Speaker call for order. The speaker was in favor of the co-ordinate college bill, and when it came up for the vote, his demeanor was dignified, and he rapped for order 25 or 30 times before the vote was finally taken. In 1912 when Mr. Byrd was in the chair, there was no disorder on the floor when the suffrage resolution came up, and while we have a gain this year in the number of votes for, I feel sure that the attitude of the speaker caused a great many to vote "no" or not to vote at all. I trust the State will be able to organize a league in every county in Virginia, so that every member of the House and Senate may be approached by someone from their district who can say such and such a number of men and women in your district want proper consideration of the suffrage resolution. Please accept thanks for your promise to write to our papers. I think it will help. Hoping to have the pleasure of seeing you again soon, I beg to remain Cordially yours, Alice O Taylor. Secretary.