Lucy Biddle Lewis to Jane Addams, April 9, 1921

Lansdowne, Pa
Ap. 9. 1921.

Dear Miss Addams.

It is such a beautiful day I am sitting on the porch and cannot bear to go in, so I am writing on a tablet on the arm of a big porch chair. I am enclosing the two notes you sent me -- too bad Miss Royden cannot spend a few days more. Yes I remember Paula Pogány and would like very much to see her again. I am copying her telephone address ↑number↓ but she does not give her address in this letter so far as I find. Some day would you please send it to me, just on a postal, and if I am in New York I would try to see her, or perhaps write from here. It must be lonely in New York. Is she a communist, it seems so to me as I remember, [page 2] but I have confused some women in my mind, whom I met at Zurich. There was such a varied conclave. I should like to know a little of her before I write Mrs. Odell, it would be nice I think to have her at the Annual Meeting. But the question of funds is a problem. We are in pretty deep on the foreign women and must get more somehow for them. Phila. has raised $1100. & $600 of it been sent to Miss Balch for their expenses she advanced. Is there any way to get at the Chicago group to get them to collect more? Mrs. Cumberson is getting the money to take them to California I hear, but with these exceptions there seems little enthusiasm, and I am sure it could be done elsewhere when we see the unexpected response in Phila. if we could only find those who would go after it. [page 3] We must have some for publicity & their [traveling] & care while here. Boston seems very uninterested I am sorry to find -- but not so very surprised. If you can get any interest in the West, Chicago, St. Louis or any where we would be so glad. The committee asked me to write you & ask if you could help or advise in any way. I do not mean to ask you to beg -- for I know how much of that you have to do, but we thought you might know some who could be interested, to collect if approached.

Poor Rosika Schwimmer -- I shall like to hear of her. Mrs. Mead told me she had come over -- when I saw her in Vienna I had no idea she would ever get to America again, she seemed too sick a woman.

I have enjoyed your book so much -- it is splendid as a history of a movement up to date, and so [page 4] successful in expressing what [underlies] it with many of us. I expect a part of the world is not yet ready to understand you [through] those pages, but such a book must have [its] influence on the age. I am thankful to have had a little part in it all, and I often wonder if I should have had the courage to go on but for the influence of you & some few others who have exercised more influence than you guessed. I am afraid I should never have had the courage to [venture] all that you did, knowing what was at [stake]. Some of us love & venerate you for it & rejoice that we have come under your influence.

Always affectionately yours,

Lucy Biddle Lewis