Nancy Lucas Turner Pope to Jane Addams, February 24, 1917

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Feb. 24th
1917
1119 Pearl Street -- Denver -- Col.

My dear Miss Addams --

There is, in the West, such a strong but diffused sentiment for peace, such an inarticulate and unorganized desire to contribute, in some way, towards the maintenance of the President's policy that I venture to intrude upon your [busy] Life, and ask you if you can help us to make our desire effective.

All around us the people [page 2] who believe in war are, consciously or unconsciously, working towards that end, and we feel almost helpless before their activity.

A small group here has formed the habit of meeting occasionally simply to keep alive the spirit of peace, and the hope of it, but we are not satisfied with that when we feel the pressure on the other side.

Would you, perhaps, give us some idea of a definite [page 3] step which would help towards keeping the peace, [if] not serve, as opposition often does, to bring about the very thing we dread?

What do you think of the Committee for Democratic Control, and the idea of a referendum?

Do you not think that we should all express ourselves so that the President may know how his people feel?

I do not apologize for writing you for I know you would, only too gladly [page 4] give us the benefit of your [judgment] & experience. I am afraid if we want peace, the time has come when we must fight for it.

I have correspondents in Europe who tell me that the Longing for peace is strong everywhere but the people do not dare to express themselves. It would seem as if some concerted action might be taken to prevent a disease which, once it makes headway, is almost incurable.

Sincerely yours

Nancy Turner Pope

Mrs Horton Pope