David Starr Jordan to Jane Addams, March 13, 1922


March 13. 1922:

My dear Miss Addams:

I have received your very noble book, Peace and Bread. I find myself in fullest sympathy with every word of it, having passed through many of the same experiences, and felt the same impulses and reactions. There have been times when I repeated Thoreau's words:

“My respect for my fellow-men is not being increased these days.”

War time, as Lord Courtney used to say -- “is the opportunity for fools,” as also for discredited lawyers who find a congenial [role] as "sons of Belial."

I find a certain consolation in Normal Angell's words as we gathered to talk things over at Salisbury House in August. 1914: “We were not successful we were merely right," and as Emerson observes: “After all nothing is saved save the integrity of your own mind.”

I am just reading the last proofs of my own “Autology”. You will note parallelisms of experience.

Most cordially yours,

David Starr Jordan

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