Jane Addams to the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, March 1, 1924 Also known as: Jane Addams to Anita McCormick Blaine, March 1, 1924



March 1, 1924

Dear Fellow Member:

It is most significant that the International Board have decided to hold our Fourth International Congress in Washington. It indicates that the United States is still the "new world," the land of promise to Europeans because we are freer than they from the weariness and discouragements which the aftermath of War has brought. As you know, the Congress is to be held in Washington from May 1 to 7. The subject "A New International Order" sounds a keynote of hope.

We have received the names of delegates elected by our sections in Holland, France, England, Belgium, [Czechoslovakia], Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and [Ukraine]. We are already assured of representatives from Japan, China, India, Mexico and [Uruguay]. Many of these delegates are able women who have attended the Congresses at The Hague, Zurich and Vienna, as well as the Conference in December, 1922. Others of them are newly committed to our great task.

After the Congress, our foreign delegates will go on the "Pax Special," a private car from Washington to the summer school in Chicago, living on the train and holding mass meetings at Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis. After the Summer School May 17 to 31, a special will go East, stopping at other cities, until the coast is reached in time for the Europeans to take passage in the early part of June.

About $10,000 of the $50,000 needed for this program has already been received and more is pledged. The state and local branches are working finely to increase this sum but we must have the help of our individual members. May I appeal to you once more as I have for all of the previous Congresses, none of which could have been held without the generous aid of the United States. Checks should be made payable to Sophia H. Dulles, Treas., but sent to me at Hull-House, Chicago.

Hoping to see you in Washington in May, I am

Fraternally yours,

Jane Addams [signed]

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