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"Correspondence, March-April 1915", Item 006

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step to take, and am inclined to think I had better leave the two parties to settle it for themselves. I should say on general principles that Mrs. Pratt was too recent a resident in Norfolk to comprehend the needs of the different factions. This is altogether independent of the fact that she is not a "native." All other things being equal, a native would seem to be the best choice, but it is certainly not the paramount quality in the candidate. You have undoubtedly accomplished much in your term of office, and against heavy odds, and we owe you a debt of gratitude for the manner in which you have carried on the work and helped extend it to Portsmouth and Berkeley as well. One of these days the "natives" will also recognize this debt, due both to you and [Mrs.?] Adams