Helena Lucy Maria Sickert Swanwick to Jane Addams, January 3, 1925





Dear friend,

I am grieved to have to confess that I can't do that pamphlet after all. When I rather doubtfully accepted the idea of trying it, E. D. Morel was still with us. Since his death "Foreign Affairs" has been handed over to me & I shall hardly be able to breathe for some months to come. I had already as much work [fixed] up as I thought I could do & this has come on the top & must take all my thoughts & resource. Never having been in America, I found myself very diffident & doubtful about writing anything to be read there & I have got no further than the first page of this pamphlet & then stuck. It would take me a long time & arduous thought before I could produce anything & I simply haven't got the time. Please forgive.

I find this new work very much to my mind, but there is a tremendous amount to be worked up & arranged [page 2] because E. D. M. did it all very much from hand-to-mouth & kept no records or lists. So I shall have to collect a "staff" & that with next to no funds is no easy matter. I daresay you see "Foreign Affairs" but in case you don't, I send you my first number.

I have an able & very delightful assistant in Stella Morel who is a girl after my own heart, very independent minded & full of courage.

You wrote me such a kind letter when E. D. M. died. I loved him & his wife very much & I suppose there are few feelings more blank than when, instead of having a fine mind & character to consult one becomes oneself one of the people who have to be ready to be consulted. I didn't always agree with him but I always [learned] a lot by talking with him & he somehow [warmed] up life -- I send you a good little photo of him in his garden a week or two before his death.

Ever yours cordially

H. M. Swanwick.