"Correspondence, August 1919", Item 025
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August 21, 1919. Mrs. Hannah Bickley, Bristol, Va. My dear Mrs. Bickley:- The Hon. E. C. Buck, who represents Washington County and Bristol in the Legislature, is not opposed to suffrage and would vote for ratification of the federal suffrage amendment when it comes up for action if he had any evidence that his constituents really wanted it, but says that as none of them have approached him on the subject he feels it is his duty to vaote against it, notwithstanding his personal feeling on the subject. We believe that he will vote for ratification if a number of his constituents will write and ask him to do so. Will you, therefore write to him by return mail if possible, (as the time is now short) asking him to vote favorably when the suffrage amendment comes up for ratification in the Legislature? Also ask any other suffragists you may know in Washington and Bristol to do likewise---and do it at once. This is the crucial period in our work and we believe every suffragist is anxious to do his or her bit to secure the comsummation of our long arduous efforts. While we are hoping that the amendment will not be presented to this special session of the Legislature, by the Governor, in whose hands it now is, still it may be presented & voted on at any time, and if it is will it be possible for you to have a number of telegrams sent from Bristol, should we telegraph you to that effect? Yours for victory, Headquarters Secretary.