Gustav Spiller to Jane Addams, April 6, 1924

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113 rue de Lausanne
Geneva, Switzerland.
6/4/1924

Dear Miss Jane Addams,

My sincerest good wishes for the [labors] of your Congress at Washington.

For a long time I have now been deeply impressed with the gravity of the peace situation. In the race for war and peace respectively the forces of peace lag wonderfully behind the forces making for war, and if the former do not increase their speed very considerably, nay enormously, a second world war is likely to break out one knows not how soon, appalling in its inhumanity and in its destructiveness and paralyzing our [civilization] for generations to come.

To prevent such a calamity we need something drastic, something immeasurably exceeding in efficacy the present strenuous attempts, and this something is, I think, a short and sharp World Campaign to End War, a world campaign aiming at a strongly [organized] and determined public opinion all over the world which, acting chiefly through its Parliaments, would provide that for the next half dozen years or so the main energies of governments, severally and jointly, should be devoted to drawing up the great Magna Carta of Perpetual Peace between Nations and creating the corresponding conditions, agreements, and institutions.

The enclosed leaflet (and general scheme also enclosed [page 2] will tell you how I conceive the plan. Nearly everything depends, of course, whether it can be [realized]; but I worked out the plan as an international [organizer] (as the [organizer] of the First International Moral Education Congress and of the First Universal Races Congress, at each of which all camps were represented as well as over twenty governments), and it is as an international [organizer] that I recommend it. All that experience, keenness, and broadmindedness can contribute, will be at the service of the World Campaign.

With the above object in view, I am beginning to ask a number of important international [organizations] how far one could rely on identifying themselves with the World Campaign and working with all their might to promote it. It is for this reason that I am writing to you. I should be most grateful if you would place this all-important matter before your Congress Committee, and I fervently trust that they will decide in [favor] of wholehearted cooperation, cooperation even in laying the foundation of the Campaign.

By separate post you will receive a certain number of copies of the leaflet for your Committee.

Heartily thanking you and your Committee in anticipation,

I remain, Yours sincerely,

G. Spiller [signed]

P.S. -- Dr. Nitobé, one of the Under-Secretaries of the League of Nations' Secretariat, is giving a private dinner to representative of international associations having their seat at Geneva to discuss the [realization] of the above plan. At this dinner some other very important international [organizations] will be represented. (I hope at once to arrange for similar meetings in a number of capitals.) The plan, in this its first stage, has already the support of important personalities and is likely to be launched under the auspices of a Committee of leading international [organizations].