Jane Addams to Rosika Schwimmer, July 6, 1915


July 6, 1915

Dear Madame Schwimmer:

I have had all sorts of doubts, of course, of the wisdom of not returning to Amsterdam, but, on the whole, I am sure it was necessary to come home. It seemed clear from Dr. Jacobs' cable that what you wanted was to be done either in England or America. I am sure that anything in England that I could do can be put through by the splendid committee there, and Miss Balch will, of course, tell me whatever message you have for America, and I will do my best to carry out any suggestions.

We landed on the fifth of July. President Wilson was in his country place in Cornish, N.H., but I had a very friendly letter from him, saying that he would make an appointment with me in Washington for Wednesday or Thursday. I am, therefore, waiting here until I shall see him. [page 2]

We have a big meeting here Friday evening. There is evidently need to explain the situation in America, both in regard to our congress, which is, of course, of comparatively little importance, and in regard to the negotiations mission in Europe. There is a curious confusion of mind, as you will see by the enclosed editorial, which came out in the New York Times this morning.

I will write to Dr. Jacobs after I have seen the President, and will also send a report of our wanderings, to be printed in the official report.

With greetings to the entire group, I am always,

Faithfully yours

Jane Addams. [signed]

Madame Rosika Schwimmer
15 Plantage [Parklaan]