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"Correspondence, November 1919", Item 020

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Letter from Hon. Harry Byrd to Mrs. E, Virginia Smith, Dec. 4, 1919 My dear Mrs. Smith: - I have noted with care copy of letter from Mrs. Valentine. (to Mrs. Wisecarver regarding voting qualifications) In reference to the time necessary for the adoption of amendments to the state Constitution as stated by Mrs. Valentine - it would be possible to have this amendment ratified three years from this date, provided there is a state election in 1922. It is very infrequent for amendments to the Constitution to be adopted under four years; amendments that I voted for in 1916 have not yet been adopted. This is especially true when there is opposition to any amendment. I am submitting Mrs. Valentine's letter to Judge Harrison, and will send you copy of his reply. If the situation is in Virginia as I understand it - namely, that negro women can [*]vote in Virginia without even an educational or poll tax requirement until the Constitution is amended, I feel certain that a large majority of the women of this state would not favor woman suffrage under these conditions. I am of course not competent to speak regarding the legal phase of this matter, and will be governed by Judge Harrison, in whose legal judgment the people of my district have implicit confidence. It will give me pleasure to send you his reply. Yours very truly, (F) (Signed) H. S. Byrd.

[notation left side * bracketed through "favor" in text] Even after Mrs. Valentine's explanation.