July 28, 1966.
S. Hamilton, Mass 01982
Rep. Wm H. Bates,
Title IV of H.R. 14765
Please defeat any attempt by Federal law to limit my right as a citizen to contract freely with persons of my choice in the sale or rental of property. Neither I now any member of my family should be subjected to Federal civil and criminal penalties or harassment because of any complaint of discrimination by reason of race or religion in the sale of living quarters. Furthermore brokers should not be prevented from serving clients because of any preference on their parts.
P.S. Is it not time to stop the inflationary spending of the Great Society?
August 1, 1966
South Hamilton, Massachusetts 01982
I appreciate your letter of July 26th expressing your opposition to the “Fair Housing Section” of the Civil Rights Bill.
I intend to vote for certain changes in Title IV but just what amendments will be offered I am not certain at this time. However, I do not intend to vote for any legislation which is more stringent than we presently have in Massachusetts.
With kindest regards, I am
William H. Bates
Letter to Congressman Bates, July 28, 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.