July 23, 1966
Dear Congressman Bates,
I wish to express my support of H.R. 14765, and urge its passage withouut weakening amendments. I also wish to stress that the fair housing provision Title IV be passed without crippling amendments.
Thank you, sir, for your indulgence in this vital matter.
And thank you for the admirable job you are doing of representing Massachusetts.
July 25, 1966
I am in receipt of your letter of July 23rd and I appreciate very much your comments in reference to the Civil Rights Bill.
As you know, Title IV was considered to be the primary controversial section of this bill and it has now been amended. I intend to support this Section which is somewhat akin to our Massachusetts law.
There are, as you probably know, some ambiguities in the bill which were discovered after it was reported by the Committee and I believe that these matters should be clarified.
Thanking you for writing to me on this important matter, and with kindest regards, I am
William H. Bates
Letter to Congressman Bates, July 23, 1966. William Henry Bates Papers, 1941-1973. North Shore Political Archives 98-02, Folder: “Legislative Files-Judiciary-Civil Rights Act (1966) Box 3-4. Salem State College Archives.