Lillian H. Olzendam to George E. Ladd

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December 22nd, 1919
Rev. George E. Ladd
West Woodstock

My dear Mr. Ladd:-
In order that full ratification of the Federal
Suffrage amendment may take place in time for all the women of the
country to vote in Presidential Primaries, it is vitally necessary
for Vermont to take its place among the 56 states.

Of course you realize that this can be accomplished but in one
way-- by Governor Clement calling a special session of the legis-
lature before February first, 1920.

The Committee on Ratification for the Vermont Equal Suffrage
Association is most grateful for the assistance already given by
our splendid men, but we are obliged to ask your support in one
more effort to influence the Governor to call that session, by
taking part in our last whirl-wind drive to that end.

I am enclosing a petition, copies of which are going to those
men who besides being staunch friends of woman suffrage, we con-
sider to represent groups of our citizens in all walks of life,
asking them to sign the petition and forward to well-known men
in their particular group or profession, they in turn to repeat
the process until the paper is filled with signatures, when it
may be returned to me at above address. For the purpose cf sav-
ing time, I ask you to have this letter enclosed each time with
the petition, if necessary to send by mail, thereby avoiding con-
fusion as to purpose and destination of petition. I am asking
you to represent the Grangers of the State Association, and shall
greatly appreciate having the returns sent in at the earliest
possible opportunity.

Thanking you for past favors, and relying on your cooperation
at this most crucial time, I remain,

Very truly yours,
Chairman of Ratification for Vermont