James Bryce to Catherine Elizabeth Marshall, May 8, 1915


May 8 1915


Dear [Miss] Marshall

When your letter reached me here I was just about to write to you confirming the appointment to see [Miss] Jane Addams at my residence in London. 3, Buckingham Gate. It vexed me to have to trouble you to repeat so often your message on the telephone, but I could not catch the words. [page 2]

It is difficult for me to understand how what I wrote to my sister-in-law, in a private letter, can have conveyed to your Committee that I approved of the International Woman's Congress at The Hague. [Miss] Ashton had appealed to me to try to help her to get leave to proceed to Holland, and of course I complied. How [page 3] my doing so can be construed into an approval of the Congress it is not easy to see. Had I been consulted regarding the Congress, I should have discouraged it, thinking such a gathering at this moment <inopportune &> liable to be misunderstood, and liable also to raise groundless hopes. No talk of peace while Germany holds Belgium.

Miss Addams is an old and highly respected friend [page 4] and I shall be very glad to see her for any purpose.

I am
Yours very truly


At Edward Bowen's I used [offer] to meet your uncle Mr. Colbeck & another of his colleagues, Mr Marshall; I gather that the latter was your father, whom I very well remember.