"Correspondence, July 1917", Item 006
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Jno. Garland Pollard Candidate For Governor of Virginia Subject to Democratic Primary August 7th, 1917 Box 707 Richmond, Virginia July 16, 1917 Mrs. Lila Meade Valentine, President, Eual Suffrage League of Virginia, Commercial Building- Second St. Bet. Broad & Grace, Richmond, Va.
My dear Mrs. Valentine: Yours of July 12th received. I have already declared myself upon the subject you mention in a letter addressed to the Chairman of Legislative Committee of the Virginia State federation of Labor, as follows: "Equal suffrage so far as the Democratic party is concerned is no longer an issue. President Wilson was elected on a platform pledged to the extension of equal suffrage by the States. He has since declared that the moral obligation of the Democrats of the several States is complete, and has sent communications to that effect to State legislatures. I consider party platforms, covenants with the people and I shall favor the redeeming of this and every other party pledge. There is a special obligation resting on Virginia in this regard because the suffrage plank was placed in our national platform by the unanimous vote of our Governor, our Unites States Senators, Congressmen Glass, and other distinguised Virginians." Your letter catches me as I am hurriedly passing through town and you will, therefore, please pardon me for answering you by quoting from another letter on the same subject. Yours very truly, Jno. Garland Pollard This letter was dictated by Mr. Pollard but could not be signed by him personally because of his absence from the city.