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Hoping to have your active co-operation, and assuring you of the endorsement of every Southern man in Congress, whose aid is at your call, I am,
Yours very respectfully,
Mrs. W. J. Behan,
Summary of What Has Been Accomplished Up to De- cember 21, 1908.
Convention assembled in Richmond, Va., May 30, June 1, 1907.
1907, June 1st. Resolution to have the name, Jefferson Davis, restored to "Cabin John Bridge," Washington, D. C. The President authorized to appoint a committee to bring the matter to the attention of the United States authorities. This was done.
1907, July. The President placed the matter in the hands of Hon. Adolph Meyer, M. C. from Louisiana, who reported by letter that he had had several conferences with Hon. W. H. Taft, Secretary of War, and was confident of success.
1907, July. General Stephen D. Lee, Commander-in-Chief U. C. V., endorsed the movement and gave it his active support.
1908, March. At the death of Hon. Adolph Meyer, the President referred the matter to Hon. Murphy J. Foster, U. S. Senator from Louisiana.
1908, May. Upon the death of General Lee, his successor, Gen- eral Clement A. Evans, took up the matter with enthusiasm, and wrote Mrs. Behan as follows : "1 cannot imagine any patriot in the Union will be offended when it is done."
1908, December. Hon. C. C. Carlin advised Mrs. J. Enders Rob- inson, that in reply to her request he would withhold his bill a year or so.