July 26, 1966
Cong. William Bates
Washington, D. C.
I am writing this letter to express my opposition to the Federal Fair Housing laws as proposed and as amended. The exemption of the owners of four units or less who live on the premises does not alter the gross injustice that laws of this type perpetrate upon the real estate owners of the nation.
Every citizen is entitled to his civil rights as regards the purchase or rental of property. I am firmly against any law which would [?????] on these rights however no law should deny the freedom of choice to either party to such transactions.
The thoughts, choices and actions of the parties to any sale or rental should be governed by their conscience and not be regulated by the Federal Government.
Letter to Congressman Bates, July 26, 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.