Letter, Jessie Easton Townsend, 1914
Hon. Edwin J. Webb
Member from N. C. of Judiciary Com.
Hon Sir: -
As a law abiding citizen; as a tax payer; as a graduate of a Kentucky High School where I took honors above every boy in my classes; as a mother of two sons, and mother-in-law of two fine men; as still the wife of one man (for thirty-two years); as a worker in the church all my life; as a worker in charitable and civic organizations for the betterment of the community; as one who finds at fifty-two years of age, more time, leisure, money, brains, health and strength to study and handle the questions of the day than ever before and probably twenty to thirty years left to live; as one who loves the good men of our country and has no other wish than to help them in the stupendous task of solving the many perplexing problems of these days; as one who believes in conservation and utilization of all good resources, especially such resources for good as lie in our matured womanhood; as a Democrat, who has inherited from Revolutionary fathers feelings of hot resentment against taxation without representation, and a firm belief in government by the people - all the people; and as a member of the Equal Suffrage League of Norfolk, representing a thousand such as myself in this town, I beg and implore you to vote favorably on the Woman Suffrage question now before you; and may I have the courtesy of a reply?
Jessie Easton Townsend