Aletta Henriëtte Jacobs to Jane Addams, November 8, 1915


Amsterdam, November 8, 1915

My dear Miss Addams:

I have just sent you a long letter and this morning your letter, dated October the 15th, arrived. It is not yet too late to send by the same mail, the answer of the one I got [today]. The reports (200) will be sent to you, 116 South Michigan Avenue, the address is directly changed after I received your letter.

Thank you for the check of 245.39 guilders, in payment for the reports. As Miss van Lanschot Hubrecht is very ill and she is our treasurer, I am not able to send you now a statement of our finances. As soon as we have got the bill of the printer and Miss Hubrecht is a little better we will make up a statement and send it to you. In each case it must be ready before the meeting in Berne.

This morning I received a letter from an old Danish lady in Copenhagen, in which she told that she is too old to take an active part in our work, which has her full sympathy, but that she would help us a little bit to carry the financial burden, and therefore she had given her banker an order to send me 1,000 Mark. Before the war that sum would mean [600] guilders (dutat), now it will be 460 guilders. Some smaller sums from 20 Mark or 20 shilling come also now and then from German or South African friends.

This morning another letter reached us from West Australia. There is a woman's peace party and the women there are trying to get that body connected with our International Committee. They also asked to send a letter to the Australian Commonwealth Government to ask if that will appoint five women to represent Australia in our Committee. If the Government will do that, then the five ablest women will be chosen, and where the ablest women not always are rich women, they will be able to come as the Government would pay for them. I shall make up a nice letter to the Governor, and try to make him clear that it will not be of great importance that at such a meeting, as we will have after the war, Australia will be well represented. Lots of interesting letters every day come in.

Mrs. French from California is still staying in Amsterdam. She should be very glad if she could go to Berne at the meeting of our International Committee. If there are not five other American ladies, would it not be good to have her as one? She would be delighted if she could. If you receive this letter before beginning of December, send me please a cable if you think she could go. "Jacobs, Koninginneweg 158, Amsterdam. "Admit" -- that will say enough.

I have not yet heard anything of the suffrage states in the U.S. ... I fear they are all lost.

Lovingly yours,

Dr. Jacobs