December 14, 1914
My dear Mrs. Catt:-
I cannot quite see my way to the Washington meeting unless the representation were very clearly defined.
I quite dread gathering together women from all over the country merely because they are eager for Peace. We would certainly confront a good deal of emotionalism and I doubt the value of such a conference.
It might, of course, be possible to confirm the representation to state organizations, calling upon the state suffrage associations and the state Federation of Women's Clubs. If such a body met with a group of social workers and economists (such a group as lately had a very signifcant meeting in New York) something might be worked out, but even then we would have to clearly define out limitations.
I am sorry not to be as enthusiastic as Madame Schwimmer wants us to be, but I am sure you understand that it is not that I am languid [page 2] in the cause of peace.
May I write you again after Madame Schwimmer's return. The Emergency Peace Committee which we have organized in Chicago is doing very well. I hope that our minds may clarify very shortly so that we may issue some sort of a call. <I am sure you know how much I appreciate the use of your name.>
Jane Addams [signed]