Early Political Career : CNB and Plumley Letters

This mysterious letter does not contain an envelope, nor does it say who it is to, or who it is from. However, written in CNB's handwriting, it is likely a copy of a letter from Charles Plumley. Plumley was raised in Vermont and held the position of secretary of the State Senate in 1894. Between the years of 1896 to 1900 Plumley was the principal and superintendent of the Northfield grade schools and high schools. From there, Plumely studied law and began working in Northfield, Vermont. Between 1912 to 1915 he served as a member of the Vermont house of representatives. Plumley most likely wrote this letter to warn CNB that he believed Gibson, CNB's boss at the time, was looking to find a way to fire her. Gibson, a Republican, was a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and, beginning in 1933, a U.S. Senator. Seemingly, neither Plumley nor CNB's names are mentioned in this letter, assuring it could not get traced back to either of them. Also, a line of the letter refers to someone as "instructor", which could possibly be a code name that CNB and Plumely came up with. Five years after this letter was presumably written [1935], Gibson left his position where Charles Plumley filled the spot as a U.S. House Represntative.




Although this copy of a letter does not indicate who it is adressed to or who it is from, it is presumably from CNB to Plumely thanking him for his kindness and assuring him that the "letter received and burned." Presumably CNB burned the original document as requested but first made the handwritten copy, above, for herself. The letter is dated to November 18th, 1935. The communication that Plumely and CNB had was highly secreative and the two of them demonstrated greal loyalty towards one another.