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January 2009


Dr. Priddy contacted Sarah Roller just after he engineered the 1916 change in Virginia law that authorized him to provide expanded “moral, medical, and surgical treatment” to Colony patients. He noted that of the 185 patients admitted to the Colony during the previous year, fifty-seven had come from the city of Richmond. Priddy gloated at his success in helping Roller “clear up the rubbish” in Virginia’s capital. Bragging aside, the main purpose of Priddy’s letter was to alert Roller that he was ready to relieve her of the “burden of the Mallory crowd.”