William James to Jane Addams, September 17, 1902

Chocorua, N.H.
Sept. 17. 1902

Dear Miss Addams,

I have just been reading your Democracy and Social Ethics, and with such deep satisfaction that I must send you my tribute of thanks. It seems to me one of [page 2] the great books of our time. The religion of democracy needs nothing so much as sympathetic interpretation to one another of the different classes of which society consists; and you have made your contribution in a masterly manner. I have learned a lot [page 3] from your pages. But just whither the said religion of democracy will lead, who knows? Meanwhile there is no other, in human affairs, to follow.

Gratefully yours,

Wm James

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