Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

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This news release includes two drafts of remarks and a news release offering Abbitt's view of a peanut allotment bill passed by the U.S. Senate, along with a handwritten note to Abbitt on the subject.

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H. McDonald Spiers, peanut farmer from Como, North Carolina, wrote to Herbert C. Bonner that Agriculture Secretary Ezra Taft Benson was “using the authority of his office to bankrupt the producer” with excessive storage of the peanut crop at…

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Nelson Cockes sent a letter and six petitions to Abbitt regarding the peanut program. These petitions, signed by dozens of peanut growers in Surry Country Virginia, urged support for Senate Bill No. 742.

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Ben Birdsong of Suffolk, Virginia wrote to Abbitt with concerns about the acreage ceiling in a pending Cotton-Peanut bill.. Watkins responded that he supported Birdsong's thoughts on the ceiling, and was attempting to remedy the situation.

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Thomas Pearsall of Rocky Mount, North Carolina sent a letter to the Senate Agriculture Committee asking for relief for North Carolina peanut farmers growing a specific kind of Virginia peanut.

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A memorandum regarding pending peanut legislation, specifically referring to the restriction of Virginia Peanut Acreage.

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