Jane Addams to Benjamin Barr Lindsey, December 26, 1917


December 26th, 1917

My dear Judge [Lindsey]:

I was speaking for Mr. Hoover in the South apparently just when you were in Chicago. I am awfully sorry to have missed you at that time. From Washington, I went to Florida and spoke at Jacksonville for the Food Administration and so returned to Chicago only after you had left.

I have given up attending the American Sociological Society this year so that I will not be East before January eleventh when I attend a luncheon of the American Committee of the Durable Peace Society, the one of which Mr. van Beek en Donk is Secretary.

If by any good fortune you should be in New York on the eleventh, twelfth or thirteenth will you not kindly write to me, either in care of Dr. Frederick Lynch, 70 Fifth Avenue, or in care of Miss Wald, Nurses Settlement, 265 Henry Street, New York.

I am very glad that you have seen the President and Mr. Baker (and are in the thick of the protective work concerning which you certainly have more wisdom than most of us. I know it must have been hard for you, as it has been for me, to find the exact place where you could work enthusiastically and conscientiously. I am sure you are finding yours) and I have discovered that speaking for the Food Administration has been both an outlet and a comfort to me.

With cordial greetings and all the good wishes of the Season to both Mrs. [Lindsey] and to yourself, I am,

Faithfully yours,

Jane Addams. [signed]