Graham Taylor to Jane Addams, November 22, 1911


Chicago, Nov. 22, 1911.

Miss Jane Addams,
Hull House,
Chicago, Ill.

My dear Miss Addams: --

While I have always hitherto taken great pleasure in doing your bidding, I confess to disliking very much to doing it this time. Really with all the burdens you are under, you should not assume another of this kind. I did not want Mrs. Matz to do it either, but she would. I think she started the subscriptions with at least $200 from her own little savings bank account, the return of which she promised to receive in case enough more money was raised to cover that amount. But now that she is gone I do not suppose that it is necessary to take that item into account, as it was undoubtedly her own money.

While as a trustee you have a right to know these details, I really think you will do yourself and the other things you have to stand for an injustice if you take any personal obligation on yourself in this matter, as in your great good-heartedness you seem bent upon doing. Let me wabble along under this little addition to all the rest I am carrying, for my respite from care and toil this summer was worth whatever it costs to make up for it, now when I feel so well and strong. More time is the only thing I covet, but there seems to be less of it as the pressure increases, especially from The Survey and at the School. To meet these increased demands I shall soon have to throw off something, and am inclined to renew my proposition to become only a professorial lecturer at the Seminary, with fewer hours than the two solid days each week it now takes to meet the demands upon my time there. But this can be done only [page 2] if the proportion of support I would have to surrender from that a source were taken up by The Survey or the School, or both.

With the heavy addition to my work in The Survey's campaign for the Men and Religion constituency and with the certainty of having a large part of Graham's time transferred to New York, in case he stays with The Survey, or lost altogether in case he goes to the Playground Association, some new basis will have to be put under the Chicago office to make it possible for me to stand up under what is soon sure to overwhelm me. I ran on to New York last Monday after filling my engagement at Syracuse to put the situation squarely up to Dr. Devine and the Kelloggs. They urge that Graham should remain with The Survey and make his headquarters at New York, while giving part of his time to Chicago and other centers. In this event they think they must have more of my time to head up things here with competent assistance.

I believe, as I always have, that there is a great future for The Survey and am glad to find on this rather crucial test that Dr. Devine and the Kelloggs are determined to assure its larger development, and regard the maintenance of the Chicago and western interests of the magazine as essential to its progress. But they feel, as Graham does, that for some time at least it is to his interests to be at headquarters more, and therefore for the interests of the magazine if more of my time can be secured for editorial contribution and supervision at Chicago. If this comes about I will want you too, to give up something in order to take up an advisory and contributing editorship. Do you mind?

Truly yours,