Harriet Park Thomas to Jane Addams, December 16, 1916



New Ebbitt Hotel
Washington, December 16 --

My dear Miss Addams:

I am sorry to inflict a hand made letter on you, but it will be very brief -- just a little report of progress.

The Washington Branch has proposed to go in with me and open ground floor headquarters on some thoroughfare in the business section, and we have spent a good deal of time house-hunting. I think we have found a suitable place; which is temporarily rented for a Christmas shop, but we can get possession by January first. The landlord will put it in shape and make a few changes if we take a six months lease at seventy-five dollars a month.

I engaged Miss Bristol for six weeks at 125.00 per month, and have sent her to Boston at our expense to get from Mr. Sargent the material for our compulsory physical training bill. Mrs. Post & Mrs. Spencer [page 2] who were here agreed, and Mrs. Mead endorsed this action by telegram. Mr. Hallinan thought it extremely important that she should go, as did Mrs. Young.

I went with Mr. & Mrs. Hallinan yesterday to the Senate Committee on Military Affairs. While we were there Mr. Chamberlain appointed a sub-committee of three to handle the question of Compulsory Military Training, to begin public hearings at ten o'clock next Monday morning. He invited us to have a representative <present;> -- that night I met Mr. Fisher at the Kents, -- the result is on the enclosed postal. Mr. Hallinan did the brain work. Mrs. Mead will come down for a later hearing -- after January 1st. I will tell you all the ins-and-outs when I get home.

Mrs. Kent felt that she couldn't be chairman of the Legislative Committee, and thought Mrs. Slayden the most promising of the women on our list; -- she also undertook to land [page 3] her for us, which she thinks she has succeeded in doing. At any rate, Mrs. Kent and I are to take luncheon with her tomorrow (Sunday) and talk it all over.

Tomorrow evening I dine with Miss Lathrop along with the Posts and Mrs. Young to meet some lady whom Miss L. thinks we may interest in giving something for the Congress After the War.

Yesterday I saw Mr. Louis Brownlow who is vice chairman of the Inaugural Parade Committee. He is a [Democrat] from Tennessee, and knew my father. He has promised to get an interview for my committee with Col. Harper, the boss of the whole show.

I have also called upon Mr. Call and notified Mrs. Spencers treaty with him. He was quite cordial and understands of course that it will be a great advantage to us to be on the ground floor. A good deal of time (over) [page 4] has to be spent in a place like this in establishing connections and relationships; it's extremely valuable but doesn't seem like work.

Mr. Hallinan is a fine running mate; if anything could reconcile me to the separation from Mrs. Karsten, it would be the chance to work with him.

Our Convention was a great success -- "fully a year ahead" is the verdict here.

I hope you got home comfortably, and had no bad reactions.

I expect to get home Thursday.

As always, devotedly yours

Harriet P. Thomas