Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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This is a memo concerning the attempts of Grace Ruffin to schedule a meeting with Congressmen. It draws attention to her diagnosed paranoid schizophrenia and her ongoing treatment as a patient of Perry Point Hospital.

Landon B. Lane wrote to Abbitt, urging him to loosen his ties to the Democratic Party in the 1960 election and sending along a pamphlet from Human Events entitled "A Southern President?" The South May Very Well Rise Again. The pamphlet emphasized…

This copy of the anti-communist newspaper, Common Sense, no. 304, July 15, 1958, was sent to Abbitt by frequent correspondent Landon B. Lane. This newspaper publication was published by the Christian Educational Association, centered in Union, New…

Isham T. Wilkinson of Kenbridge, Virginia, wrote to Senator Harry Byrd protesting the integration of public schools, criticizing the NAACP, and avowing that the Supreme Court had violated States rights. He wrote the letter on stationary with the…

Isham T. Wilkinson, who wrote Abbitt frequently sent him a "Brief on Some Proposed School Laws." The document advocated for the creation of a "specially funded" school system designed to preserve segregation. The proposed system would function…

Grace Ruffin, a frequent correspondent of Abbitt, wrote to him asking to present information on her scientific discoveries to the United States Congress. Abbitt replied that he had discussed these ideas with various departments and suggested that…
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