Anna Sturges Duryea to Jane Addams, January 28, 1915


The World Peace Foundation


January 28, 1915.

Miss Jane Addams,
Hull House,
Chicago, Ill.

My dear Miss Addams:

I should have been very glad if I might have been privileged to have a quiet talk with you while we were in Washington, but you were so engaged that I felt it to be practically impossible.

I have thought a great deal about all these new developments in our work and have tried to determine what effect they might have upon my own work, and how I might relate myself profitably to the new movement. Mr. Mead and I have said not infrequently, since I was in Chicago to speak at the Biennial Convention in June, that it seemed as though my services would be more effective in your neighborhood than here, although on every hand I find more than enough to do. Mrs. Mead has twice mentioned to me recently the fact that you would be glad of my services, in connection with your great new responsibility.

I am going away on Saturday to fill engagements which have been in the process of making ever since last April and you will see by the enclosed itinerary that I shall be busy until the sixth day of April.  Between that date and the middle of June I have something like twenty engagements here.  I should, however, like to be service to you in launching this new work and I know that Mr. Mead would be glad to arrange for me to do anything which is possible and practical. I know from experience for five years that the spring is the least profitable time for definite work, but still since this new enterprise is just beginning I have thought that it might be possible that you could make use of my services during the spring months. If you feel that I might be of distinct and valuable service to you, I think it would be possible for me to delegate my engagements here and go to you after the sixth of April.

I suggest this to show you that I am with you heart and soul in your work and would like to contribute, if possible, to the movement and that Mr. Mead and I are [page 2] both prepared to cooperate with you if desirable. If the spring season does not seem a practical period for this sort of work, possibly you could find some way during the summer in which I could cooperate with you. I write you this to let you know that we are thinking of you with your new duties and anxious to help if it is within our power.

Please believe me, my dear Miss Addams, with warm regard for all your splendid achievements and every desire to assist in your future work,

Yours most sincerely,

Anna Sturges Duryea. [signed]

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