Mary Rozet Smith to Lillian D. Wald, March 31, 1915


March 31, 1915


Dear Lady

We have just been talking about The Hague Conference. J. A. feels that you would be a very valuable member of the American delegation, but she says she could not urge your going, first because there is an element of danger on the high seas and secondly because it is all so uncertain a venture. She feels that it may be of some use but also contemplates the possibility [page 2] of a flat failure.

She said that she had not wanted to persuade you to go but that it would, of course, be a great help as well as pleasure to have you in the party and she was very much disappointed when you gave it up.

I am scribbling this to let you know the state of the lady's feeling. She seems awfully wishful of your going but firm in her feeling of <conviction> that she has no right to urge it -- that it might prove a waste of good time and strength.

I almost hope you will go but I [page 3] share J. A.'s compunction about importunities.

Alice Hamilton is going, Miss [Breckinridge], Grace [Abbott] and others, only about fifteen in all, I think.

With much love

I am Yours always

M R S.