William Allen White to Jane Addams, November 25, 1912



November 25, 1912.

My dear Miss Addams:

We progressives are going to organize our State Central Committee on Lincoln's day, February 12, and we are asking the women to participate in the organization of our party and Committee. We want you to be present and deliver an address at the banquet that evening. The meeting will be held in Topeka. You could leave Chicago at ten o'clock the night before the meeting and be in [page 2] Topeka the next afternoon in time for the banquet. After the banquet you could leave Topeka at [midnight] and be in Chicago the next evening. We should of course be glad to pay your expenses.

As you know our party was unable to get on the ballot as a party this year <in Kansas>, so we had no State organization and were handicapped greatly thereby. We are now organizing from the township and from the county up to the State and expect to have our organization perfected by February. It is a matter of great importance that you be there because we are asking the women to take part to the township, county [page 3] and State committees equally with the men. I should be under many personal obligations and I know in asking this I am asking for the best interests of our cause.

Truly and sincerely yours,

W. A. White [signed]

Miss Jane Addams,

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