The Memorial From the Women of Wales and Monmouthshire to the Women of the United States of America. August 1923

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The Memorial

from the Women of Wales and of Monmouthshire to the Women of the United States of America.

first Draft of the Text of The Memorial. [page 2]

The Memorial.

We, Women of Wales, are proud to recall that there is between our little Principality and the great country of the United States of America a close historical tie in the quest for World Peace.

It was an American Citizen, Elihu Burritt, who inspired our fellow-countryman, Henry Richard, to [organize] a series of International Peace Congresses in the middle years of the nineteenth century.

According to the plan of Elihu Burritt, the first Peace Conference was to have been held in Paris in the summer of 1848. So anxious was he about the task of international reconciliation that he proceeded alone to Paris in order to make the preliminary arrangements. He failed in Paris. Then, accompanied by Henry Richard, he went to Brussels, and a memorable Conference was held there in September, 1848, attended by two hundred delegates from America and Great Britain. Thus commenced the work of the building of the Temple of Peace through the united effort of the Welshman from Tregaron and the American from Connecticut.

When, sixty years later, in 1914, the Temple of Peace was, as it seemed to us, shattered to its foundation, America was always in our thought, and it is no exaggeration to say that a thrill of joy was felt in all our homes when the United States of America decided to enter the World War and make common sacrifice with us in the service of humanity. It is the recollection of the comradeship between an American citizen and a son of Wales in the cause of Peace, together with the knowledge of our joint sacrifice in the agony of War, that emboldens us to address to you this appeal.

We are not actuated by any political motives. We speak simply as the Women of Wales -- the daughters of a nation whose glory it has been to cherish no hatred towards any land or people, and whose desire is for the coming on earth of the reign of fellowship and goodwill. We long for the day [page 3] when the verdict of the sword in the affairs of the nations shall be a thing of the past; and we would place on record our firm conviction that, if America in her own good time should again take her place at the side of the British commonwealth, her action would be decisive. We feel that if the vacant chair in the Council of the Nations could be filled by America the world would be saved for ever from international bloodshed.

We know not how it can be done, but we do know that it is upon the two great peoples who did so much to decide the fortune of the War rests the burden of winning the Peace -- that Peace without which all that is dear to us must inevitably perish. We rejoice in the measure of [cooperation] which has already been achieved between Britain and America in the Washington Conference for the limitation of naval armaments, in the humanitarian measures at Geneva in the effort to put an end to the detestable traffic in women and children, and in the maturing of plans for combatting the trade in opium and other noxious drugs. And we hail with delight the movement now on foot to secure for America with its noble traditions direct participation in the functions of the Permanent Court of International Justice.

The future is big with hope if we, as the women of this generation, do our part. To us has come an opportunity as real as the responsibility is grave. We have been called upon to give of our nearest and dearest -- those whom we dare not betray and whose unfinished work it is ours to complete. "With malice towards none," to quote the immortal words of President Lincoln, "with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right," we appeal to you, Women of the United States of America, in your own time, and by what methods may seem best to you, to aid us in our effort to hand down to the generations which come after us the proud heritage of a warless world. [page 4]

Having read the first draft of the text of the Memorial from the Women of Wales to the Women of the United States of America, I desire to be associated with the movement.

I am willing to do all in my power to help forward the work of World Peace, and I enclose a donation of £ __________

Name ____________________________

(Please state whether Mrs. or Miss.)

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All donations should be addressed to: THE HON. TREASURERS, WOMEN'S MEMORIAL FUND, 6. CATHEDRAL ROAD, CARDIFF, an acknowledgment will be sent by return.

THE MEMORIAL FROM THE WOMEN OF WALES TO THE WOMEN OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Chairman of the Executive Committee:

Miss M. F. RATHBONE.

Hon. Treasurers:

LADY DAVID R. LLEWELLYN.

MRS. PETER HUGHES GRIFFITHS.

[Organizers]:

North Wales and Cardiganshire: MRS. HUW PRITCHARD, OF PWLLHELI.

South Wales and Monmouthshire: MRS. E. E. POOLE, OF NEWPORT, MON.

Offices of the Campaign, to which communications should be addressed:

LEAGUE OF NATIONS UNION, 6, CATHEDRAL ROAD, CARDIFF.