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"Correspondence, January 1915", Item 011

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Jan. 22, 1915.

Miss Virginia Arnold, Portland, Ore.

My dear Madam:- I am in receipt of your letter in which you take issue with the statement in my former letter that the ladies of Virginia do not desire the right to vote. I did not mean to be considered as stating that there were no ladies in Virginia who desired the ballot. On the contrary, there are some very active propagandists in this respect, including some very near and dear relatives of mine, but I am satisfied, after full opportunity of investigation and inquiry, that the overwhelming proportion of Virginia ladies are not interested in securing the ballot. From my own district, which is exceedingly large one, not one single request has ever come for me to support the Bristow-Mondell resolution, or to take any action whatever looking to extend- ing the right of suffrage as to include your sex. Still, as I have said, I do not mean to be understood as affirming that the ladies of Virginia as a unit are opposed to the Mondell resolution. Such is not the fact. Possibly the time may come when the majority of the ladies of Virginia will want the ballot, but apparently that time is far distant.

Yours very truly, E. W. Saunders

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