Emily Greene Balch to Susan Latham Knapp, October 23, 1924

Mrs. Susan L. Knapp,
Secretary Women's Overseas Service League,
New Jersey Unit,
301 [Sumner] Ave,
Newark, N.J.

Dear Madam:

Miss Jane Addams has asked me to acknowledge and answer your notification under the date of Oct. 5, in regard to a Resolution passed on October third. Thank you for your courtesy in letting us know of this action.

I, in return, call your attention to the statement mailed herewith. I trust this will serve to show that this action was based on misinformation.

I have not the least doubt of the good faith and good patriotic intentions with which the resolution was passed but it does appear to me that it would have been both more prudent and fairer to have first made an attempt to verify the statements relied on, by consulting those against whom they were [aimed], before giving them further currency.

You will kindly note that the W.I.L. never has asked of its members any pledge or promise as to what they would do in case of war and that it has no sort of connection with Bolshevism, being diametrically opposed to class warfare and violence.

May I ask you to give as much publicity to these facts as you have given to false allegations?

The propaganda of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom is not "insidious" but open and above board and I cannot suppose that if your organization had been better [informed], it would have [wished] to "thwart its purposes" which are to bring about a world of friendly cooperative peoples which I suppose is really the ["]Kingdom of God on earth." Doubtless we should differ on some of [page 2] the methods of working to realize this but I must believe that the goal we desire is the same.

Sincerely yours,

Member International Board of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom --
Vice Chairman of Section for the United States of the W.I.L.P.F.
[National] Office of Section for the United States,
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom,
1403 H. Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.