Jane Addams to Manley Ottmer Hudson, November 12, 1920


November [12], 1920

My dear Mr Hudson:

I thank you so much for your letter in regard to the Irish Commission. I agree with you absolutely with regard to the [makeup] of the Commission. Since writing you the two next highest on the list have been added, Dean Kirchwey of New York, and Raymond Robins of Chicago. I think through them we can strengthen the Commission, either by resignations, or by adding others from the Committee of one hundred and fifty, which has some stronger names on it than those elected would indicate. I am still not committed to it absolutely. There are of course too many pitfalls in the situation itself, to start in with a handicapped Committee. May I write you again either from Washington where we meet on Thursday, or upon my return, and [page 2] assure you of my sincere appreciate of your letter,

Faithfully yours,

Jane Addams [signed]

P.S. Mr MacDonald seemed to me one of the "outs" of the Committee. He had been very much stirred by his experiences in Ireland, and is really most impatient to get back again, to investigate further what he always calls the atrocities. He is William MacDonald an editor of the Nation -- and not James G. [McDonald] of the League of Free Nations Association, who by the way writes from England that there is a prospect of getting Lord Robert Cecil, Mr Keynes and others to come over for a Conference, which we hope can be held at the same time as the American Historical, the American Economic and so forth.