Celia Parker Woolley to Jane Addams, October 8, 1912

Frederick Douglass Center
3052 Wabash Avenue

Chicago, Oct. 8 1912

My dear Miss Addams.

I have read your [ms]. article on the Pro. Con. & thank you for sending it. I will send it to Mr. Jones with this note enclosed.

You have well [illegible] <[illegible]> <described> the struggle in the minds of many who desire to make plain their concern for the Negro. We had to think of what more either of the other two parties wo'd give him, & of the hypocritical attitude of the republicans <for years back.> The questions [page 2] "What more" & "What better" faced us squarely. I still think as I told you that Mr. Roosevelt's statement read in full & giving due weight to each statement covers the ground & means only justice to the black man. I cannot feel that distrust of Mr. Roosevelt which so many do. I cannot feel he is mere egotist & self seeker.

I think you have explained your attitude on the Peace problem very clearly. Your argument is directly in line with your book. Peace to you is a prevailing sentiment & ideal demonstrating itself on the near personal & social side, not a mere matter of disarmament or the [page 3] exchange of militancy for more pacific methods between nations.

It is an educational campaign & none of us are very jubilant or perhaps wholly sure we are right. It is hard to bear these new differences with those who stand so near, but that is the highest test of all concerned & if we keep good-natured & of an open mind we shall <all> reap a benefit if not a victory. I have not seen the printed article. I suppose it has not yet appeared.

Yours very truly

C. P. W.