Rosika Schwimmer to Jane Addams, March 24, 1915


March 24th, 1915.

Miss Jane Addams,
Hull House, 800 S. Halsted St.,
Chicago, Ill.

My dear Miss Addams: --

The resolution read to Mrs. Catt and me at your Executive Meeting showed me that I seemed to be expected to cease to act as International Secretary. Enclosed I send you my official resignation and beg you to use it, if I interpreted the spirit of the resolution in the right way. Was I mistaken to take it this way, then I would use the time in Christiana, Stockholm and Copenhagen to get the Woman's Peace Organizations there to affiliate with your Woman's Peace Party. You must not consider any sensitiveness of mine. I will not feel offended if you agree with my resignation.

Knowing that you have hard times now, I don't think that I shall trouble you with a report, but I will prepare it if I find time before I leave. If not, I will make it en route to Europe and will hand it over to you with the whole file, which I had no time yet to bring to good order, when we meet in Europe.

I see that people here misinterpret the nature of the delegations to the International Congress. It is not only the National Party which could nominate two delegates, but any Branch could do so. It is most desirable that the most societies possible should send delegates. It is that any woman who goes should get the credential of some kind of woman's society so that our gathering shall not be called a handful of women, as people talked about the Peace Federation meeting, but that it shall recognize in that [handful] of women the representatives of thousands and thousands behind them. I have got a big bunch of programs for the International meeting and wonder whether you want me to send it on to you for use within the Woman's Peace Party.

With expression of my deepest sympathy for you in this trying time,

Yours affectionately,

Rosika Schwimmer [signed]

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