Alice Thacher Post to Jane Addams and Emily Greene Balch, August 30, 1924


August 30, 1924.

Dear Miss Addams and Miss Balch;

As I wrote you on the evening of the 28th, the wire I had received that evening from Miss Addams let me proceed with distribution of Reports once more. Miss Surles came back yesterday and helped with the stamping and carrying of the packages to the post office. Now Reports have been ↑sent↓ to all the National Sections, two to each of the non-↑English↓-using countries, and the agreed-upon quotas to the English-using countries; also 200 to Miss Glücklich; also to all Associate Members outside of the United States, except Germany, and those will go on Tuesday. I left them to the last since they had had 200 copies sent over already.

Now as to the British Cahier:

I suppose it must be remembered that there is a difference of status between the British Cahier and the so-called French Cahier, which is really the report of the Cahier Commission, containing German and British members as well as French members. But the British Cahier could have gone in with the status of a minority report. I would have had no prejudice toward that, but Miss Heymann did not arrange it so. I do not think the British Section ought to feel any lack of courtesy in its mission, since the status is really different.

I am glad we have not tried to get it in as a loose sheet, quite apart from the fact that I would not have liked to do that without consulting Miss Heymann. Because as a loose sheet it would certainly have been misunderstood, especially by our foreign friends it seems to me.

What it seems to me that we could do is regard it as not especially adapted to the Report, and so properly left out, but as adapted to study in leaflet form, in which it could be used by classes. They say that themselves in the Cahier, and Miss [Macnaghten] said it in her speech in presenting it. You remember that the Congress voted that it should be circulated in the National Sections, which is not the same thing as being printed in the Report. The French Cahier is to be so circulated, according to Mme. Duchêne. Now why can't you write over to the British Section something to the effect [page 2] that now that they are getting back from their vacations they may like to get out an edition of the British Cahier especially for circulation in the National Sections, and themselves see it through the press in London, but of course at international expense. Then they should send them to Miss Glücklich for distribution to the Sections in Europe, and then if they would send a lot over here we would send them around over our lists as something that would interest all who have been interested in the Report. It would not be necessary to say anything to them about your regret that it was not included in the Report, for that would reach Miss Heymann sooner or later, and might make misunderstanding. But this would be a perfectly good piece of constructive work, and the summer is a perfectly valid reason for its not having been suggested before. Moreover in leaflet form it would not have been needed during the summer, but it could now be ordered in quantities for the study use for which it was intended. In the Report could not have been available for its proper use, as I said before.

Mrs. Lewis sent me her only copy of the British Cahier, and I have returned it to her today. And I am now returning ↑to you↓ the one I received from you this morning. I really have one myself somewhere, but I could not lay my hands on it the other day, and did not dare to be without one if it had to be printed. If you should write to the British Section about editing and printing it I have no doubt you could make very valuable suggestions to them. It is at present a very repellent form, and is very difficult to read understandingly. But of course I wouldn't want to hurt their feelings, and perhaps you do not object to its form.

Faithfully and affectionately yours,

Alice Thacher Post [signed]