Harriet Laura Cady to Jane Addams, September 10, 1910


The Tudor, B_6. 4300 Ellis Ave. Chicago, Ill.

September 10th. 1910.

My dear noble Miss Addams:

I sincerely hope you have not forgotten me.

Your picture, that you so kindly sent me four years ago, hangs on the wall, in my little study, beside Jacob A. Riis, on the left side, Abraham Lincoln, on the right side, above it, Mark Twain, and below it Governor Charles Deneen.

I was most happily surprised the other day to learn that at last your biography, is published, and I can hardly wait, to hear it read to me. Do you remember when you sent me your picture, you nobly promised me you would also, give me your biography, and send it to me just as soon as it was published?

Am I truly to be so honored dear Miss Addams?

Mr. Riis sent me with his picture his book "Roosevelt as a Citizen". I have just read embossed "Alice Freeman Palmer," and may I ask your [permission] to ask Mr. Edward E. Allen, Supt. of The Mass Perkins School for the Blind, South Boston, to emboss in American Braille, your biography also so that your blind fellow beings, may too, have the pleasure to read it? If so, will you send Mr. Allen a copy of it, if he will emboss it? I will write to him, just as soon as I hear from you and send you his answer to my letter.

I would rather have your biography, embossed at The Ill. printing house for the Blind, Jacksonville, if Mr. Jones, Supt. will [consent] to do it, but he uses his printing press, mostly to emboss music, however I might ask him before I ask Mr. Allen.

What do you say?

Mr. Allen's printing press embosses literature, more than music. I know that all of the most literary American blind people, would [thoroughly], enjoy reading your biography, and I sincerely hope you will give your [consent] to have it done.

How much I do desire to personally meet you noble Miss Addams, and may I ever have this pleasure, if Mother should some day bring me to Hull House? I feel sorry that the blind men inmates, at The Ill. Industrial Home for the Blind, are not allowed to work, in the broom factory, that belongs rightly, only to the inmates at the home, and am in my own quiet way, trying to have the factory, given back to them.

However at present, kindly keep this silent. [page 2]

Wait until my effort bears its fruit, before publishing it.

All of our other American Industrial [Homes] for the Blind, are away ahead of ours, and so is all industrial progress, doing better work, in all of our other states, than it is here in Illinois.

My daily life is being spent, in service, to my blind fellow beings, and it will be just as long as it lasts on earth.

One of the students of The Chicago Civics, and Philanthropy School, told me your biography is out.

Hoping to hear from you at your earliest convenience and that you have not forgotten me dear Miss Addams.

Lovingly yours,

Harriet Laura Cady.

P.S. [Though] thy sweet face

With mortal eyes I cannot see.

Yet immortal face to face

I am with thee.

Harriet Laura Cady.