December 6th, 1907.
My dear Mr. King: --
I have delayed answering your letter an unconscienceable length of time because I had hoped to be able to accept your kind invitation. I had already promised Dean Thomas that I would give a week of lectures at Bryn Mawr and other women's colleges beginning in March, and that makes it impossible for me to be gone for any length of time in February. I am afraid I shall have to give up Cleveland and Oberlin but could, I think, take a quick train to Washington and back again if you thought my lecture before the Religious Education Association was of enough consequence.
I believe I could say something a year or two from now better than I can at the present moment, for thre seems to growing up in my mind a lecture on the type of religion needed at the present moment. However, very likely I will have <no> more to say two years from now than just at present.
Thank you for your kind invitation and regretting, first my delayed reply, and second my refusal of two-thirds of it, I am
Always sincerely yours,
Jane Addams [signed]