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"Correspondence, September 1916", Item 012

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To Mrs. John H. Lewis Lynchburg, Va.

September 28, 1916. My dear Cousin Lizzie:-

I am delighted that you are going on the rampage again, and feel assured of good results with Miss MInnie Jackson's help at Drakes Branch and Charlotte C.H., Mrs. Scott at Burkeville. We have heard nothing as yet from Mrs. Hunter, Have you?

I am so convinced of the necessity for an assistant on these occasions that I feel we must always try to arrange for it.

I wrote Miss Edna Lee Turpin of Mecklenburg Country, now at Mountain Lake, asking her co-operation at Mecklenburg Court, but have heard nothing at all as yet. When you do go to Boydton, I want you to go to Clarksville also, as they are waiting for a second speaker, and we will write to Mrs. J. B. Barrow, who is interested in getting it up, so that you can speak there the day following the court in Boydton.

I hope very much that we can arrange the Lunenburg Court Day also and it is possible that I may be able to get Elizabeth Roberts of Chase City to go with you.

Now as to West Virginia, I believe on the whole that the money could be better spent in Virginia as they told me that what they lacked so much is not so much speakers or organizers, as they have a good supply of them, but money to pay the expenses of those they have and for the purchase of two Fords. I do not see how Virginia could afford to send enough money to justify your taking that long trip for a stay of sufficient length. West Virginia is a very strong object lesson in the necessity of "Looking before your leap" into a campaign. Two days of my five days given to them were practically useless as Mrs. Cunningham of Texas was there at the same time and could fully have met the requirements.

I have just reached home, having reorganized leagues in Marion, with greatly increased membership and Mrs. Richardson back again at the helm; Pulaski with a Committee of eleven and a membership of nearly fifty; Radford with Miss Anne Cassell as Chairman and about forty members; Berryville, Clarke County with seventy odd members gained on Court Day last Monday and a temporary Committee appointed; Woodstock, thanks to the good seed you sowed on Court Day, Ellen and I organized after another public meeting, with Mrs. B. A. Warriner Chairman, Miss Rangeley, Mrs. Paxton and other important women on the Committee and thirty odd members including the Methodist ad Episcopal ministers.

I go tomorrow to Gloucester for Court Day and the County Fair, October 2nd and 3rd, and after that I propose to come home and rest for I am a wreck and must take some treatment.

I have making very pointed inquiries in these various counties as to the possibility of holding mass meetings as suggested by Mrs. Catt on October 7th and 21st. Even Mrs. Richardson, ardent Federalist as she is, said it was inadvisable to hold such meetings at this time, and in all other places though I explained very fully, the Federal Amendment would not interfere with the restrictions we now have in our in the Constitution, both the men and women suffragists were opposed to such definite work at this time.