Raïssa Rosen Lomonosoff to Jane Addams, November 30, 1923


November 30th, 1923

Schliessfach No 28
Berlin, W. 15

Dear Miss Addams,

We were happy to have your cable and Dr. Yarros' letter. You surely had a narrow escape. Let us hope it is the last danger you were in. We knew from the newspapers and Grace Abbott's letter that the operation was successful and you safely returned home, but it was awfully ↑good↓ to hear it from you personally. You might have thought the tone of our cable somehow strange -- I think the telegraph left out in the address the word Yarros.

From the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom bulletins I read that the next Congress is going to take place in May, 1924 at Washington D.C. Would you think the presence of Russian delegates desirable? [page 2] Would it be possible to secure for them U.S.A. visas?

I enclose a copy of my letter to Mrs. Kollontay. She knows the Russian pacifist movement well, and is a prominent leader of the women's trade-unions. Two more women-[laborers] may be elected.

If you think it well for the Russian delegates to come, will you not write an official invitation? It does not mean that the U.S.A. section will have to pay their expenses, it is just a matter of form.

We are still not afflicted with the W.I.L. for P.F., and many of us are rather suspicious of bourgeois meetings. Europe is again on the eve of big wars and we all have to unite, no matter how we differ in our opinions on politics, economics, religion etc., to lessen the peril of utter destruction of this planet of ours, or being more exact humanity and its [labor]. [page 3] 

I hope Miss M. R. Smith has recovered from the strain and anxiety she went through with you. Please remember me to her and to all H.H. friends. I am longing for the H.H. atmosphere. Our work took us from place to place and we made many acquaintances, but friendships one does not make so easy, specially when one gets older.

The enclosed is the last George's photo. He is still in England at the Quaker's School, but has not become a pacifist yet, and is just to the contrary: the other day he dislocated his left wrist in a "dormitory rag." He plans to buy a puppy and name it Mars. Are not boys awful. Mrs. Urie and Janet are living near Reading and go from time to time to see George. I am sure their influence will pacify his militant spirit. 

With much love I am yours devotedly,

R. Lomonossoff.