Emily Greene Balch to Jane Addams, September 25, 1919



Bureau International:
GENÈVE, 19, Boulevard Georges-Favon.

Dear Miss Addams,

Isn't Miss Manus funny! Mme Ramondt takes it seriously but I can't. She apparently does not recognize this [office] [illegible] not have any intention of paying over the balance if any. I think I sent you a copy of my previous letter of August 25. ↑I enclose a copy herewith.↓ I asked her to send me her account books (at her convenience) her accounts & balance [page 2] if any, saying that I will give her a "décharge" and accept the obligation to meet any later bill authorized by her.

She replies, perfectly politely but formally, saying she would prefer to keep the account books "as a part of my work at the Central office during all these years and that the "financial statement" will "sent round" shortly. The question about a final settlement she ignores.

My reply is [enclosed]. Is it all right? I am not sending it till I hear from you.

There is friction between her [page 3] Madame [Ramondt]. The latter is indignant that R. M. took office chairs for herself at what she ↑C.R-16↓ thinks too low a price, that she let ↑sent↓ Mrs. ↑"Liesje"↓ Bartels take the typewriter to use at home, and such trifles. She also says Dr. Jacobs refuses to sign the accounts saying she doesn't know anything about them.

I don't feel wholly responsible for these [Dut] friends in Amsterdam and I certainly don't [page 4] think [illegible] any of us want squabbling over anything of the sort.

If you will indicate what line you think I should take I will try to follow it

Yours ever affectionately

Emily Balch

I wrote this enclosed letter meaning to send it but decided to consult you first. You have been in Amsterdam & perhaps understand better how the land lies.