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"Correspondence, January-May 1918", Item 007

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Senator Martin of Va U.S. Congress

Also Senator Claude Swanson same address

Honored Sir - As I am about to leave my country for service at the front may I make one small request? The Woman Suffrage Bill is before the senate. My mother here in Va., is doing more than her bit to help in this war, but has not the power for the vote. My wife, who will live in Chicago will have that power. I have my vote, no matter which state I live in. I can see no reason for such discrimination against Virginia women, The so called menace of the black woman vote can certainly be matched by the intelligence & patriotism of the white