Emily Greene Balch to Jane Addams, December 18, 1919


Bureau International:
GENEVE, 19, Boulevard Georges-Favon

Dec 18/19

Dear Miss Addams,

I hope you can make use of the [enclosed]. The situation outdoes all one can imagine:


Mr. Herron showed me a letter from the editor of a chair of financial [mat] papers in which he ↑who↓ is determined to prevent the European situation being realized in the U.S. for fear of its effect on [loans]. [page 2]

The situation is not one for relief -- though assistance is indispensable -- but for remedial handling -- credits and imports of raw materials and only America is in a position to do anything effective. ↑The great thing is for the U.S. to give the credits - adequate ones. Is it not?↓

Of course you know all this, and infinitely more than I can do besides. I suppose you are in touch with Mr. Hoover and he must have the threads in his hands.

The feeling here that America intervened and [page 3] helped break up the old order and now, when Europe is being submerged, turns her back is a dangerous one for us.

Was anything ever more critical?

Pax et Libertas

As you know, I propose to have a first supplementary number on the Economic situation. If you can send me anything either as to

1) the need

2) the relief

3) an analysis of the situation its causes & significance [page 4]

I need not say I shall be grateful. ↑But to use it I must [illegible] have it as soon as possible.↓

I am glad Miss Cheever did not come. Some days the office is in the 50's and can't be got warmer and in this damp climate that is chilly, unless one is acclimated. I dress very warmly and get on very well. I have been having an ulcerated tooth which pained me pretty thoroughly for a day or two but [page 5] that had nothing to do with the climate and is very "heated".

I am going off for 4 days one Xmas and hope to find myself as the advertisement of the chosen resort says "above the sea of fog". Miss Moore & I go together. She is a treasure.

So is little Miss Thornton now working with us as a volunteer; and little Dr. de Bordes whom I at [page 6] first described as 'weepy' is a brick with her 67 years and all her children dead and trying to make a new home alone for herself in a foreign country. And Frau Nettelbeck is very lovely and very devoted. Dr. de Bordes has taken to mothering me, insists I must eat lots of butter, etc. & [sends] us all tea each day. It is really very nice. We are a happy family is this much tried [written up left margin] world. Dear Lady may every good thing come to you. You know how deeply I wish it and how I send you my love.

[written on right margin] Emily Balch