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
volunteers.
	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

Source:
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.