Julia Maria Stanclift Sanborn to Jane Addams, February 21, 1916

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Berkeley, California.
1545 Euclid Ave.,
Feb. 21, 1916
Miss Jane [Addams],
Pres. Woman's Peace Party,
[Coronado] Hotel, San Diego, Cal.

My dear Miss [Addams]: --

Your friends in California are noting that you have come to the Coast to recuperate, believing in the efficiency of our climate to restore you to good health, we do not feel it any presumption to offer you an opportunity to speak to our women who are eagerly awaiting fuller information in regard to the Peace Party movement.

The peace work was started when Mrs. Sewall organized the peace conference and the ground was well prepared for the introduction of the Woman's Peace Party.

Propagandists have made it well known in the east the difficulties in the way of introducing any new ideas on this coast. The unsettled conditions of our society, or may I say the undeveloped condition, the small amount of money that was put into philanthropic work, and the conservatisms settling about a university community -- our educated women are all college women -- all these things have tended to make the introduction of the Woman's Peace movement a very difficult undertaking.

Notwithstanding all of these difficulties the work is very well established in San Francisco and the Bay district. Our great difficulty is getting speakers who are in touch with the work at the headquarters. At the time of Mrs. Thomas' visit here our Clubs were closed on account of the vacation, and at the time of the International Congress, when many eastern women were on the Coast, everyone interested in peace was attending the conference.

I have just been reading the speeches made at Washington, D.C. at the time of the organization of the Woman's Peace Party. There was something in the initiative of the society very vital, world-wide and convincing -- a thought that seems to be wanting in the speakers who have come to our coast. It is difficult to convince our women that the people speaking here upon peace have a message worth listening to. To make myself plain let me say again. I speak [page 2] as a woman whose sincerity will not be doubted, whose position as a worker in the interests of women has been recognized, that we are very much in need of someone with the peace idea clearly defined and with sufficient enthusiasm, and with earnestness to tell us what the Woman's Peace Party stands for. From other workers you will hear the same story.

If possible we want you to speak to our women; Berkeley in particular needs the help you can give. A fine organization is started, but there is great confusion and we are fighting continually the "peace preparedness" which [emanates] from our university. As soon as you are able we would like to make an engagement with you to speak in Berkeley. We can promise you a large intelligent audience. I have tried several times to make an engagement with you but no answer has been returned. If you will consider the proposition will you kindly let me know at your earliest convenience.

Yours for the cause,

Mrs. Julia Stanclift Sanborn. [signed]
Chairman of the Alameda District.