Jane Addams to Mary Rozet Smith, March 16, 1902


Ann Arbor 
Mich. March [16]


It was impossible to write last week.  I seemed to tear around by day and speak by night and when Mr Altgeld's death came, I felt that I wanted to do all I could for poor Mrs Altgeld [although] I did wince over speaking at the funeral with Frank Crane and Mr Darrow.  I was well ashamed of it afterwards they were both so gentle and [informed] and really touched by the genuineness of Mr Altgeld's life.  I managed to call at 19 Walton Pl several times where all seemed to be going well and your mother and father were both in good spirits about the eastern trip. [page 2]

Charlotte was there each time I called and your mother was much interested in all the details of the Colorado arrangements.  She came to lunch one pouring day and was a charming guest.  She and I as it were, against the world so I was not insensible to the flattery of the attendees.

I suppose that Miss [Hannig] wrote that [Lillian] sang like an angel at Mr Altgeld's funeral and that Helen Goodrich sang Stragirius it was all very touching and I am homesick for you in a strange way the sort of "parted in life but united in death" motif which I suppose is the limit of sentimentality.

I hope the voyage wasn't dreadful and that Paris is as charming as it should be. With best love to E Smith I am always & forever yours J.A.