Too highly of the excellent manner in which Mr. Rowell presented his arguments on our behalf and I am fully satisfied that no other counsel in Canada is so well informed upon all the various phases of the reference. Please express your wish concerning this.
While we regret that the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada was not favorable to our cause, I am sure we are agreed that their decision was a sincere one and should not be adversely criticized by any of us.
For the several years past the women of Canada, owing to what appeared to be a hopeless situation, took comparatively little interest in this matter of the interpretation of the word “Persons” in Section 24 of the B.N.A. act. Our motion in appealing to the Supreme Court of Canada for a ruling gave to the women of all parties a renewed hope and had the effect of stimulating them to something approaching definite notion. We have every reason to felicitate ourselves in this behalf.
Of the ultimate results I have not the slightest doubt. Nothing can prevent our winning. Every editor in Canada except those of Quebec is backing us in the appeal. When the time is ripe, it can reasonably be predicted that the French editors will also concede in the justice and propriety of our claim.
It is also truly encouraging—and we may take the assurance to our hearts – that no extension of the franchise has ever been defeated since John, the King of England, signed the Magna Charta of Runnymede
Yours very sincerely,