March 25, 1915
I have been thinking hard about the invitation of the Executive Council of the Woman's Peace Party to go to Holland as staff delegate, and have found it extremely difficult to come to a decision. All my inclinations lead me to accompany you, and to add one more protest against war. I think the call and the response on the part of women in this country is dramatic and has great publicity value. I do not believe that my going or remaining at home would add to or detract from that.
But my leaving America at this time, even for a few weeks, would seriously affect responsibilities which I have assumed, and which I cannot feel that I can properly abandon. I will see you off on the thirteenth of April with congratulations that the conference is to be held, and that women from all countries are responding, and with deep regret that I am not in the goodly company.
I talked this over a good deal with Mrs. Bowen and Miss Smith, and anything that is in my mind that I may have left unsaid in this letter, they will supply.
(Signed) LILLIAN D. WALD.