Jane Addams to Paul Underwood Kellogg, December 6, 1921


6 December 1921.

My dear Mr. Kellogg: --

I am sorry about the misunderstanding, but shall have to insist that the thing go through in January if possible. I made every possible effort to get it in by the middle of November as the understanding was that that was the last possible date for a January publication.

I think you are making a mistake in the selection of your chapters. I am returning Chap. IV. in the same envelope with a speech which I gave before the General Federation of Women's Clubs, and which was published in Good Housekeeping and I think also in the official bulletin of the Federation. It did not occur to me that you would use that particular chapter because so much of it had already appeared in The Survey as part of my Kansas City speech, or I should have written you about the complication earlier.

I would advise your dropping Chap. IV. altogether, using V. if you like, and I am, therefore, sending it back. If you still wish to use Chap. IV., I should have to ask you to write the introductory notes yourself, and am quite willing to have the changes of tense.

I think your trying to twist the book into an economic thesis is a great mistake, and will simply give a misleading impression. Chapter X. appeared in the New Republic under the title "Feed the World and Save the League". I am willing to keep that and do something with it if you like, but again think it a mistake to [page 2] take material which has so recently been published.

I think that if I had been acting in your editorial capacity, I should have taken ↑Chaps↓ 3, 5 and 7, or 5, 7 and 11, or 7, 9 and 11 and under no circumstances 4 and 10.

I have, as you know, been very eager for an economic conference, and I hoped the food situation would have made a contribution to it ↑but↓ I think it misses the point of the book to abstract it ↑food↓ absolutely from the rest.

I shall be in New York on the 9th of December. I shall be at Miss Kittredge's house, 63 Washington Square from ten to half past eleven; we have an executive committee meeting of the National Federation of Settlements at the City Club at one, and I leave for Washington on the 5:05 train.

I hope to be able to see you some time during the day if there would be any use of talking about it further.

[Hastily] yours,

Jane Addams [signed]