Summary of Jane Addams et al. to Woodrow Wilson, October 19, 1913

Here's the Resolution.

The resolution, passed with a cheer, is as follows:

Whereas, The Associated Press reports to the American public that Mrs. Pankhurst's deportation has been ordered by the board of inquiry at Ellis island, and

Whereas, Such action is in direct violation of the traditions and customs of the United States, which has always been hospitable to the political offenders and revolutionists of all nations, and

Whereas, Our sister republic, France, is at the present moment sheltering Christabel Pankhurst,

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, That we, the undersigned women of Chicago, protest against this flagrant violation of our long established public policy, and

Be It Further Resolved that we respectfully petition the department of labor in reviewing the case of this distinguished Englishwoman to reconsider the decision of the board of inquiry and to admit Mrs. Pankhurst, thus maintaining the high traditions of America's devotion to liberty and the right to free speech.

Telegraph to President.

The resolution was telegraphed to President Wilson, Secretary of Labor Wilson, Louis F. Post, his assistant, and Commissioner of Immigration Caminetti.

Then it was decided that a telegram of sympathy and regret should be send to Mrs. Pankhurst. In order to assure its arrival at Ellis island the telegram was sent to Mrs. Pankhurst and a copy to her representative in New York as well. It reads:

We greatly deplore the humiliation to which you have been subjected at Ellis island and bit you welcome and godspeed.

It was signed by the women present, including Miss Addams, Mrs. Bowen, Mrs. Trout, Mrs. Robins, Mrs. Treadwell, Belle Squire, Mrs. L. Brackett Bishop, Miss Margaret Dobyne, Miss Editha Phelps, Miss Sophonisba Breckinridge, Miss Anna Nicholes, Miss Agnes Nestor, Mrs. Harriett Thompson, Mrs. Marian Grimm, Miss Emma Steghagen, Miss Mary Rozet Smith, Mrs. Laura Dainty Pelham, Kathleen Hamill, Mrs. James S. Morrison, Mrs. Mary M. Wilmarth, Anna Monroe, Edith Wyatt, Mrs. Judith Lowenthal, and Miss Margaret Haley. Miss Addams and Mrs. Wilmarth presided.