Anna Garlin Spencer to Jane Addams, November 6, 1920


7 High St White Plains N.Y. Nov. 6, 1920

Dear Miss Addams

I intended writing at once on receipt of your letter but have been very busy. The Bd. meeting of our Section was quite well attended [although] suffering from the usual trouble in the U.S. that only those of one region of country can be present at any given meeting. Miss [Kittredge] is most active and executive and we are all grateful to her for assuming the Chairmanship. We were a bit appalled at the idea of need to raise $10,000 for the International and [later] some of us felt much disturbed that Mrs Cothren indicated her intention to resign soon. We hope the latter catastrophe may be prevented in some way and the former demand be met by some miracle. Miss Nichols got some things out of her system (let us hope) and is as usual full of suggestions. Mrs [Kelley] is very much interested and much at the front in the councils of the Section at this time. She has in mind quite firmly the alliance of our Section with Miss Paul's branch of the suffrage movement. I have suggested to Miss [Kittredge] ([although] taking no part in the discussion at the meeting) that whatever affiliation is sought or made with our section of the suffragists should also be effected with the other since we cannot be partisan. If you feel as I do in this matter perhaps you will be prepared to advise, when asked, either refraining from any form of union with both, or equal alliance with both the forces led by Miss Paul and those led by Mrs Catt. The great numbers and executive ability of the suffragists of both sections would be a help to the peace cause beyond measure but it would be bad, would it not, for us to seem as peace women bound only to the "militants"? I am to be in Washington from the 22nd of November to the 5th of Dec. I hope your stay there will coincide with mine so that we may meet and confer. If not I will see you in N.Y. at any possible time. As to your work on the Irish Com. if it can be to help in a truly [nonpartisan] investigation, not one pledged in advance to Sinn Féin, it will be I hope a useful thing and your presence on the Com. is all to the good anyway. Only we can't raise $10,000 if you undertake many things outside of the W.I.L.P.F. this year. Hope to see you soon.

↑Yours always faithfully↓ Anna Garlin Spencer. [signed]