"Correspondence, undated (folder 1 of 4)", Item 009
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Mrs. Valentine, who is again able to take some interest in affairs tho' no active work, has sent me word to do all in my power to bring representative women from Norfolk to the state organization meeting. Won't you take upon you this trust? You, who know Norfolk women so well I am sure you can find some who will gladly join you in this great work, and the information they will receive at the Richmond meeting will bind them to you as helpers in Norfolk. My heart is quite set on your taking the leadership in this new work, Mrs. Payne. Ever since my return from Chicago last Feb. where the national was organized, I have been looking Norfolk over for the leader here and have asked no one to consider it but you. I am sure the Richmond headquarters will accord you a most hearty welcome. We have gone very slowly in this organization work that we might get the idea thoroughly into the minds of all women and start with all classes of intelligent women & not just suffragists tho' the training of suffragists will be invaluable in the work to come and one who has believed in the principle of equal suffrage is necessary as leader. You have always been loyal & outspoken for the principle, I believe