Lesson 2: Document 2 Transcript

					Huntsville Ala
					April 11, 1917

Hon. John H. Bankhead
	Dear Senator-
	I mailed you a letter yesterday about 
the Compulsory Military Service measure
before Congress-known as the adminis-
tration measure.  I written under
a misapprehention or misunderstan-
ding of the nature of the measure
I thought it was a measure that 
provided for conscription in the
event the volunteer system failed
In this I find I was mistaken
and I find that the bill provides
for conscription independent of
	I think this idea would be 
violently resented by an over- 
whelming body of our people
(p. 2)
I am just a farmer living out on
the farm-no politician, but I happened to 
go to Huntsville yesterday and heard-
numbers and numbers of people here 
in Madison Co. express themselves
and I dont recall a single man
who approved conscripting excepting
where an insufficient number of
volunteers were not forthcoming
	Everybody who I heard express
themselves were against conscrip-
tion at present and they generally 
thought enough and even more
volunteers would enlist.
	I thought I would write you this
for unless I did so you might infer
that I was in favor of conscripting.
	Asking your pardon for taking up
your time I am Yours truly,
			J. L. Burgess

J. L. Burgess, Huntsville, Alabama, to Hon. John H. Bankhead, Washington, D.C., 11 April 1917, John H. Bankhead Papers, LPR 49, Container 31, Folder 6, Alabama Department of Archives & History, Montgomery, Alabama.