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"Correspondence, May 1916", Item 014

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(written in top left hand corner] To Mrs. John H. Lewis Lynchburg, VA May 26th, 1916 My dear Cousin Lizzie;- I have just had a letter from Mayor Broun of Roanoke in which he says he had been looking forward with pleasure to having me with them June 2nd, but that the children had developed whooping cough and that therefore he must consider it a postponed pleasure. Consequently I have accepted Mrs. Whitner's very cordial invitation. I consulted him as to how best to approach the Convention, also Mr. Brenaman, the Secretary of the State Democratic Committee. They both suggest that we get some friendly delegate to present the resolutions to the Committee on Resolutions. If we have no friend on the Committee and have one on the floor of the Convention, the resolutions could be offered from the floor and then referred to the Committee. I am asking this Roanoke people to try to get Mrs. R.H. Willis to do this, but Mrs. Putney is also going to try to get Lee Trinkle, both are doubtful, I believe. I am making effort here in Richmond but unfortunately none of the suffragists in our delegation carry any weight in the Convention. What about your Lynchburg delegates? It would be well to try to get one of them to present the resolution--the more the better. Mayor Broun urges that we make application to make a fifteen minute speech before the Convention itself. I must confess I have very little hope of securing an endorsement from these Virginia democrats. We can but try, however. Mrs. Putney writes that it is extremely doubtful whether she can be present, but she is working on her County delegates. Have you heard any thing from Mrs. Yancy or Mrs. King? I have not. I am counting on you as I still have a most uncertain feeling about my own plans.. I imagine that the hotels will be taken over absolutely by the male delegates, so have appealed to the Roanoke people to take care of any of us who may come. Have you heard from anyone there or can you count on a friend for entertainment? In conferring with your Lynchburg delegates you can say to them that the plank which the National Association will offer in St. Louis, is as follows:-- "Believing that governments derive just powers from the [illegible] sent of the governed, we acknowledge the right of women to parti[illegible]