Madeleine Zabriskie Doty to Jane Addams, January 22, 1917

83 Washington Pl. --
January 22nd --

My dear Miss Addams; --

I was very sorry not to see you when you were in New York, but I realized you would have to see many people and I did not want to add to the strain you would be under. The exact status about Fraulein [Heymann] is this. I have had one cable & three letters from her all saying have my passport am ready to come, why don't I hear from you.

You may be sure we have done our best to answer <her.>. But at present there is no wireless connection with Germany. However we sent a cable to Fraulein [Heymann] c/o Miss Daugaard [page 2] -- Denmark, and <[an?]> [other] to her by way of Switzerland through an address I had, and a verbal <message> by Mrs Gerard when she sailed with her husband for Germany.

But all these messages were sent in my name. It may be, because of my articles, that Germany does not permit any word from me to pass.

In case that is so, it would of course, be very [desirable] if you could send a message in your own name. I should advise sending it to Dr [Augspurg] as every thing reaches her more easily than Fraulein [Heymann]. I think if you just said -- "Come at once" [page 3] and signed your name that would be all that was necessary. Fraulein [Heymann] said she would insist on paying her own expenses, so there is no money involved for the Peace Party. With Mrs Lawrence the situation is even more complicated. She has tried to get a committee of which Lord Lytton is a member to send her here to investigate mothers' Pensions. But a letter that I have from her [today] says that scheme has fallen through. I succeeded in getting Alice Paul to cable her, asking her to speak for the Congressional Union, and she may be able to get a passport on that. It would be no use for you to cable her, for your name would not [page 4] help in England. But it might be very helpful, if you could get a Chicago Suffrage organization to cable: It would make Mrs Lawrence understand that you approved of the plan, and she would I am sure redouble her efforts to get a [passport]. <She also will come at her own expense.>

The papers are giving us good news [tonight]. Wilson's speech is sure to have a big effect. It is the first thing that has been said that has given the radicals in Germany a handle to work with, and from what I saw I'm sure they'll use it.

Perhaps you'll be interested to know that my articles on Europe come out in book form in February under the title "Short Nations" or An American Woman in Germany. The English "Nation" has printed a number of the articles and a letter from Mr Massingham says "they have had a very considerable effect on public opinion" which is very [page 5] thrilling. Life at the [moment] seems very exciting. There is so much work [ahead], so much [that] we women can do.

With all good wishes and trusting that your health continues to improve


Madeleine Z. Doty

In cabling <both to Mrs Lawrence & Fraulein [Heymann]> we have always referred to a conference here [as] the wedding -- That is for instance we have cabled -- "Come at once, wedding on arrival."