Jane Addams to Mary Rozet Smith, February 12, 1909


Dearest One

My heart has ached for you ever since your father has been sick and I know how torn you have been.

You went because people held you to it and you are staying [on] in the same way -- your friends who are yearning to help you only seem to complicate. I will see your father every day after Eleanor goes and write you every day. I will telegraph if it seems necessary and be truthful. You know how I wish I could do better than that. [page 2]

I laughed until I cried over the letter which you and Mrs Bowen sent -- it was awfully funny. I have two Lincoln speeches today and then hope to take my breath a little. I love you, dearest, with all my heart and never more than at this moment. Alice is better and is going South with J. Lathrop and her sister later. Her mother is here today. Alice is not nearly so sick.

Always & forever yrs J. A.

Feby 12" 1909