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"Correspondence, June 1915", Item 001

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EQUAL SUFFRAGE LEAGUE OF VIRGINIA. PRESIDENT, MRS. B. B. VALENTINE, 2338 MONUMENT AVE., RICHMOND, VA. HON. VICE-PRESIDENTS.MISS MARY JOHNSTON, WARM SPRINGS, VA. MISS ELLEN GLASGOW, RICHMOND, VA. MRS. KATE LANGLEY BOSHER, RICHMOND, VA. MRS. KATE WALLER BARRETT, ALEXANDRIA, VA. MRS. LOUISE COLLIER WILLCOX, NORFOLK, VA. ACTIVE VICE-PRESIDENTS. MRS. J. H. LEWIS, LYNCHBURG, VA. MRS. W. J. ADAMS, NORFOLK, VA. MRS. C. V. MEREDITH, RICHMOND, VA. MRS. STEPHEN PUTNEY, WYTHEVILLE, VA. MRS. J. ALLEN WATTS, ROANOKE, VA. MISS ROBERTA WELLFORD, RECORDING SECRETARY UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA. MRS. ALICE OVERBEY TAYLOR, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY RICHMOND, VA. MRS. E. G. KIDD, TREASURER RICHMOND VA. MRS. JOHN S. MUNCE, AUDITOR RICHMOND, VA. MRS. G. HARVEY CLARKE, PRESS CHAIRMAN, RICHMOND, VA. STATE HEADQUARTERS, RICHMOND, VA. COMMERCIAL BUILDING, SECOND STREET BETWEEN BROAD AND GRACE June 2, 1915. To the Members of the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia:- In order that suffragists should fully understand the conditions confronting us in Virginia today, it seems expedient to make the following statement:- The Equal Suffrage League of Virginia is a branch of the National American Woman Suffrage Association---an organization which endorses both State and Federal action in the movement for the enfranchisement of women. As a member of this Association, we have endorsed both methods of work, but have decided at our State Conventions to place the main emphasis upon State work, as the wise and constructive method of advancing the cause in Virginia. There are at least forty counties in Virginia, where no organization exists---in many others there are but small centers. To bring to bear pressure of an effective nature upon either Legislature or Congress it is absolutely necessary to concentrate upon converting the voters of Virginia to the principle of woman suffrage. To do this we need the unification of all forces---we need team work of the most loyal kind. We are now met with a proposition which might divert our energies from the obvious work before us---that of converting men and getting a huge petition for presentation to our State Legislature, meeting in January 1916. The Congressional Union, recently formed as another national Association, is sending out organizers into every State to organize branch unions for the purpose of concentrating the forces of each State upon the passage of a Federal Amendment. To organize a new State League in Virginia would be a tactical blunder. It would mean the confusing of the issue in the minds of the newly converted, and of those more numerous thousands to be converted It would mean the duplication of machinery already existing, which is bad business from a practical point of view. As a branch of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, to which we paid our dues of $150.00 in March, entitling us to a representation of 15 delegates at the National Convention meeting in Washington, D. C. Dec. 14-19, we have the machinery for doing as much Congressional work as we desire. There is a National Congressional Committee, Mrs. Medill McCormick of Chicago, chairman, which has affiliated with it Congressional Chairmen from each State branch, under them are district Congressional Chairmen. This Congressional Committee did untiring and effective work for the