Martha Carey Thomas to Jane Addams, October 5, 1907

[October 5, 1907]

Dear Miss Addams,

You remember that you were to tell me whether you could make the address on equal suffrage for this year in the eastern colleges for women in November or December of this college year. Our suggestion was that the committee in charge would arrange to mass these addresses together so that you would have to make only one trip to the East, taking the colleges in geographical order, we will say, Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, the Woman's College of Baltimore, Barnard, Vassar, Radcliffe, Wellesley, Smith, and Mount Holyoke. 

Our Committee usually expects to pay $25 an address, but we consider it so important that you should open the series for us that we have decided for this opening lecture it would be wise to pay $50 an address.

We ought to arrange the time for your visit now so as to reserve dates in the different cities. On account of the twenty-fifth anniversary meeting of the Association of Collegiate Alumnae, lasting from November 4 to November 9, the first week in November would not be a good week.  The time between the close of the first week in November and the Thanksgiving vacation is not long enough, and you would probably not wish to have your addresses interrupted by the three days of the Thanksgiving vacation, but if you were able to arrange to start on the 25th or 26th of November we should have three and one-half clear weeks before the Christmas vacation. After the Christmas vacation the students would be studying for the mid-year examinations and the time would not be so favorable. Will you not tell me, then, whether, if the Boston committee in charge of these meetings could arrange for the time beginning the 25th or 26th of November, this would be convenient to you? 

Please do not disappoint us. As we told you when you made your little visit to the Deanery, which Miss Garrett and I so greatly enjoyed, President Seelye has agreed to [be] on our Committee if you will make the opening address, and I feel sure that President Vassar will do the same. I am also sure that Radcliffe, in spite of the [illegible words] of Miss Irwin and Miss Case on this subject (from our point of view), [illegible words] from you if it is offered to them.

[illegible words] [best] regards,

Sincerely yours,