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"Correspondence, March-April 1915", Item 024

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"Queer Things for Gifts" The Brooke Shop 730 Fifteenth Street N.W. Washington, D. C. MINNIE E. BROOKE TELEPHONE MAIN 1914 KUNNINGEST KARDS EVER KARRIED April 24, 1915. My dear Mrs. Townsend: It is too bad you found it difficult to write me, you should not because if it is best from your view point not to have the suffrage work, as outlined, it is certainly the right thing to change it. I want you to feel perfectly comfortable about it because - I am going to tell you a little secret - I was coming to please you. We are very busy and frustrated in organizing the State of Maryland for the Constitutional Amendment work and on the 5th (to 10th) we are to be right up in the midst of the most important change in our work, so that it works very well, of course, I am naturally sorry not to see you and Mrs. Jones again, but otherwise it is perfectly all right and proper, my dear Mrs. Townsend. Why are you suffrage women selling pie and coffee for the Naval Y.M.C.A. You certainly do not mean to say that you are getting no revenue for it? If so, it is most remarkable. You say "more harm than good has been done there by street speaking" Did my two brief speeches do harm, if so, then your people are not even beyond the kindergarten of suffrage. And your work will be extremely difficult.