Dear Congressman Abbitt

“Dear Congressman Abbitt”

Virginians and National Politics, 1948-1973

[Letter] 1966 June 6, Suffolk, Virginia [to] Honorable Watkins M. Abbitt, Washington, D.C.

Title

[Letter] 1966 June 6, Suffolk, Virginia [to] Honorable Watkins M. Abbitt, Washington, D.C.

Description

This series of correspondence to Abbitt was initiated by Ben Birdsong of Suffolk,Virginia, in response to correspondence that he received from William V. Ritchie of Downy ,California. The information that Ritchie sent to Birdsong revealed that a property rental transaction was initiated by the Soviet Embassy for use as a summer camp for the children of Soviet Embassy employees. The property, "Spout Run Farms" was located "fifty miles" outside Washington, DC, and not in a closed area. Ritchie received confirmation of the transaction from Congressman Del Lawson of California, who had received confirmation from the Department of State representative, Douglas MacArthur III. Abbitt received all of the correspondence as enclosures from Birdsong, and eplied that he was "more amazed every day at some of the things that are done" and he would "advise" Birdsong regarding any further revelations on May 24,1966. On May 25, 1966 Abbitt wrote to the Department of State requesting further details of the "summer camp" and use of the property in Clarke County, Virginia. In response, Abbitt received a letter from MacArthur dated June 2,1966 which was similar to the enclosure Birdsong had sent from Ritchie. On June 6, 1966 Abbitt sent reply back to Birdsong informing him that he had received a reply back similar to the "other letter" MacArthur wrote. Abbitt "assured" Birdsong he would "continue to keep in touch with the situation."

Creator

Birdsong, Ben M.

Date

1966-06-06

Contributor

MacArthur, Douglas III, correspondent

Ritchie, William V., correspondent
Clawson, Del, , correspondent
Abbitt, Watkins Moorman, 1908-1998, correspondent

Relation

Congressman Watkins Moorman Abbitt Papers

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Text

Spatial Coverage

Suffolk, Virginia

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Collection

Citation

Birdsong, Ben M. , “[Letter] 1966 June 6, Suffolk, Virginia [to] Honorable Watkins M. Abbitt, Washington, D.C.,” Dear Congressman Abbitt, accessed September 21, 2017, http://abbitt.richmond.edu/items/show/40.

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