Mary C. Shortall to Jane Addams, November 25, 1910



Dear Miss Addams --

Even though I increase your burden of [illegible] and add to the wearisome number of would-be-pleasant platitudes you have got to listen to,  I cannot lay down ''Twenty Years at Hull House'' without a [letter] to you of the good it has done me personally. Not all the puzzled people live in the Nineteenth Ward, [nor?] do all the purposes in life, which at least seem to be honest and real, lead down Halsted street; but it is so hard not to deceive one's self. Some day I hope for the opportunity [page 2] to put a few questions in the light of your experience, and see if you cannot help me to decisions. In the meantime you have done much without knowing it.

We have an exclusive and loyal French friend who always subscribes himself our "faithful devoted" -- I feel like adopting his expressive phrase to close my note to you with, that you may know something of the feeling held for you in that "homelike house" which you have never been in. Thank you dear Miss Addams, for your book, and for many other things.

Most sincerely yours.

Mary C. Shortall.

Nov. 25, 1910.

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