June 24, 1966
The Honorable William H. Bates
House Office Building
Washington D.C. 20515
Dear Mr Bates:
May I request that you, as my Representative, do all in your power to defeat “Title IV” of the so-called Civil Rights Bill, HR 14765 and 53296.
I am definitely concerned about the human rights of all Americans, but feel that the situation is rapidly approaching a state in which my constitutional rights are being jeopardized. I believe that any homeowner should be able to dispose of his home in any way he sees fit.
I believe this bill to the extremely detrimental to all homeowners, regardless of race, color or creed.
Your sincere efforts to defeat this bill will be more appreciated
June 28, 1966
I very much appreciate your communication in regard to Title IV of the Civil Rights Bill.
Last week the Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee reported out the Civil Rights Bill to the full Committee, however, it made no recommendations concerning Title IV. I understand the full Committee is meeting in Executive Session this week to consider the entire measure, and until I know specifically what its recommendations will be, I will not be in a position to exercise a judgment on this matter. I can say, however, that I do not favor Title IV as it is presently written. As you may already know, Chairman Coller is being urged by many of his colleagues in the Congress to emit Title IV altogether. On the other hand, he is also being urged by the Administration to get it passed.
Incidentally, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on this legislation and perhaps you would like to make your views known to the two U.S. Senators.
Thanking you for contacting me on this vital issue, and with kind regards, I am
William B. Bates
Letter to Congressman Bates, June 24, 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.