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"Correspondence, November 1919", Item 020

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(M. E. Pidgeon) January - 1920 Winchester Senator Byrd. A Winchester Committee called on Senator Byrd showing him the Frederick enrollments. He told them he was prejudiced against suffrage. If he had not been prejudiced, he could not support it anyway because he believed it would permit negro women to vote without qualification until the Va. Constitution was amended. Enrollments had little weight. Since Christmas I tried to see Mrs. Barton but could not do so. I have written her enclosing the Frederick & Shenandoah petition copies sent me, asking her to make one more try with them if possible, and then to return them to us. Mrs. Smith says she will not try to see Mr. Byrd again, as she has had further correspondence with him since he was visited and feels no more can be done. No matter how many times we reiterate with full proof that we could not change our constitution in time, and that the danger from the negro woman vote is negligible, Senator Byrd & Judge Harrison will never be convinced. (Correspondence from Byrd & Harrison enclosed) Delegate R. L. Omps - Mr. Omps has not been seen personally again, but we feel pretty sure of his support. Should be seen in Richmond. (Letter from him enclosed)