Jane Addams to Mary Rozet Smith, June 14, 1919





Dearest -- I am going to venture this letter to Bar Harbor assuming that the original plans [canned] & that little Ellen is safely installed. I have been in London a week at the house of Mrs Ayrton on Norfolk Square -- a very interesting woman & incidentally the stepmother of Zangwill whom I also saw there. I moved here this morning expecting Alice but she has decided to stay in the north until I come for Miss Ashton's meeting in Manchester which has been put for Tuesday evening. We came down together but I am hanging on to this room, it is almost imposible to get anything in London. Everyone has been awfully kind & hospitable including Bernard Shaw whom I met [page 2] at the Webb's the [other] evening. Mrs Barnett took me up to Oxford for a day where we had a wonderful lunch at All Souls and where I had a very vivid impression of Barnett House and the various things it is trying to do. The Poet Laureate as they solemnly called him came to tea with some other less picturesque folk, and altogether it was a gay day. I have lunched with the Graham Wallas's and I am quite filled with borrowed wisdom on European affairs. Nothing was more interesting than the Coal Com. inquiry which I attended one moring.

We have a public meeting here next Monday, I am the object of three teas next week at Mrs Gooch's whose husband is the [page 3] editor of the Contemporary Review, at Lady Courtney's and at the 1917 Club. The whole movement is treated with so much more respect and dignity here, perhaps because the women are able. There is a little Miss Cooper Willis who is writing some very penetrating things and a very dignified [Priest?] with whom Jeanette Rankin & I dine this evening. There is no manner of doubt that the whole question of difference of opinion is easier here. Our plans with Hoover are very unsatisfactory just now and I think that we will sail on the Noordam June 22d after all. [page 4] I do hope we can bring Harriet Herrick. Did Alice foward the Y.W.C.A. letter I sent to her? Mrs Herrick had had another attack and I do not believe that she can do any work for months -- it seems much better that she should be at home. I do hope she will come here with a Red Cross nurse and we can of course take care of after ahe arrives and give her the sofa in our cabin.

Please give my best love to L. deK. B. we were much disappointed not to find more letters here, but certainly our plans have been bewildering. My love to you and to the entire household. I am always & forever devotedly yours Jane Addams

June 14" 1919