Madeline McDowell Breckinridge to Jane Addams, December 30, 1914


Dec. 30, 1914.

Miss Jane Addams,
Chicago, Ill.

Dear Miss Addams:

I am afraid I can't go on to the Washington meeting. It seems obligatory to stay at home a little while and I only got back from Texas, Alabama and Georgia the Sunday before Christmas.

We are to have a Board meeting in New York about the 19th. If occasion arises I will try, can you suggest, in your letter of November 30th, to defend you to Miss Shaw. I quite agree with you that the situation was changed. I remember your saying when the thing was first mentioned that you would not be willing to go on even in a different classification from other honorary officers. I shall need to defend myself also, as Miss Shaw remarks in one of her recent circular letters to the Board "I frankly confess that Miss Addams' reply (to Mrs. [FitzGerald]'s letter) is incomprehensible to me, and I greatly regret that she permitted herself to be influenced in taking this position. I cannot understand how any loyal number of the Association could have used her influence with Miss Addams to bring it about" -- evidently meaning me and getting her facts very correctly by means of woman's intuition.

But to go back to Peace. I will publish your little circular in the Herald and will try to aid in any way that occurs to me, though don't hope for much from me.

With best wishes for peace and happiness -- seeing you are no longer a member of the National Suffrage Board it seems a possibility, [page 2]

I am,

Affectionately yours,

(Mrs. Desha Breckinridge)

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