Paul Underwood Kellogg to Jane Addams, September 20, 1918


September [20], 1918.

Miss Jane Addams
Hull House
Chicago, Ill.

Dear Miss Addams:

I wish I could nudge you up without bothering you; I wish I could continue your annual membership in Survey Associates without setting you back, as the saying goes, exactly $10. But of course that would be as preposterous as the nursery jingle:

"If all the world were apple pie,
If all the sea were ink..."

The matters of fact are that the close of our fiscal and publishing year is ten days off and no word has come from you as to the renewal of your $10 cooperating subscription for 1917-18.

As this is the fourth year of your membership, we are of course anxious not to lose you as such; but there is a larger reason. We need your help now, and most urgently, to give momentum to the Survey in swinging into the extraordinary demands of this fall and winter.

With hundreds of people for the first time shaken out of their narrow round of family and business interests and responding to public service as a patriotic call; with American help going out to the far ends of the earth as at no time since the early stages of the missionary movement; with federal action affecting housing, labor relations, community life, as never before; with reconstruction plans afoot in England and France foreshadowing problems before us here in America; -- we feel that the Survey has never before faced such a great obligation and such a great opportunity.

I beg of you, share them with us.


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