Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

[Letter] 1967 July 20, Washington, D.C. [to] Fred W. Mathis, Pamplin, Va.

Title

[Letter] 1967 July 20, Washington, D.C. [to] Fred W. Mathis, Pamplin, Va.

Description

Fred W. Matthis of Pamplin, Virginia wrote to Abbitt following passage of the "anti-riot" bill that Abbitt had sponsored, praising the bill and sharply criticizing the Supreme Court, Martin Luther King, Stokeley Carmichael, and Lyndon Johnson. In his letter, Mathis stated he had voted for Barry Goldwater in 1964 and would vote for George Wallace over Johnson in 1968 if Wallace ran. He described Johnson as trying to “feed the world and do the fighting for all he has refused to do anything about the nigro [sic] business here at home he’s using tax money to buy their vote." He concluded his letter by remarking that he sympathized with Abbitt "in that hornet’s nest the negros call the jungle [sic], and we say Washington.” In his reply, Abbitt told Matthis that he "enjoyed" all [his] comments on matters of government” and noted that he had "“worked particularly hard on the anti-riot bill because I believe it was so desperately needed.”

Creator

Mathis, Fred W.

Date

1967-07-19/1967-07-20

Contributor

Abbitt, Watkins Moorman, 1908-1998

Relation

Congressman Watkins Moorman Abbitt Papers.

Type

Text.

Spatial Coverage

Pamplin, Virginia

Files

Citation

Mathis, Fred W. , “[Letter] 1967 July 20, Washington, D.C. [to] Fred W. Mathis, Pamplin, Va. ,” Dear Congressman Abbitt, accessed November 22, 2017, http://abbitt.richmond.edu/items/show/374.

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