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Restoration of Name of Jefferson Davis. 47
ginia, to take the Chair. Mrs. Rehan moved that the "Cabin John Bridge" resolution be taken from the table. Motion car- ried. Mrs. Behan said that she felt convinced that if we made the request referred to in the motion, that we would be successful ; that this was an era of peace ; that time, with its healing influ- ence, had softened much of the bitter feeling that existed at the close of the war; that sectional prejudice is fast dying out; that the men of the North and those of the South had stood shoulder to shoulder in defence of our common country, against a foreign foe ; that the name of Jefferson Davis is more prominently before the public as time rolls on, it is received with more respectful consideration by the people of the North, his actions are judged less severely, and we have every reason to hope that this request will be granted. A motion was then made that we amend the former motion by adding after "the war," and "that we invite the United Confederate Veterans and all other Con- federate associations to unite with the Confederated Southern Memorial Association in its effort to have this patriotic and his- torical purpose accomplished on or before June 3, 1908." The amendment was carried, and the motion, as amended, was then read by the secretary, seconded by Miss M. B. Poppenheim, of Charleston, S. C, and unanimously carried.
Recommended that the Chair appoint a committee to present this matter to the proper official, and that the Confederate organi- zation make an effort to have the name of Jefferson Davis re- stored on the "Cabin John Bridge" before the one hundredth anniversary of Mr. Davis' birth.
Richmond, Va., June 18, 1907. Mrs. W. J. Behan, Pres. C. S. M. A., New Orleans, La.:
My Dear Mrs. Behan, — Your letter of June 15, 1907, inviting me to serve on your Cabin John Bridge Committee received.
I accept with pleasure, esteeming it a high honor to serve in such capacity.
Yours very truly,
Virginia Morgan Robinson. (Mrs. J. Enders Robinson.)