July 19, 1912
My dear Miss Addams:-
It is disgraceful that I have not sooner acknowledged the cherished autograph copy of your book. I have no excuse to proffer: pen paralysis seemed to descend on me with the vacation! With all the world, I have given thanks [page 2] for the book, and have prayed that it might quicken men and women mightily to remove this sickening shame that seems to blot out the sun.
If you do get a chance to read Socialism and Character, and if we ever have a leisure hour, I shall hope for some criticism. You see we covet you in the socialist [page 3] camp. I think we may some day win Miss Dudley.
I am building me a little home for my mother at Wellesley; when next you come to the College, will you stay with me? I feel sadly in [Francis?] case, but it is really my mother's house and planning, and she needs it. [page 4] And one can use a house so democratically that I'm happy in the change.
Yours ever gratefully
Vida D. Scudder [signed]