Rose Morgan French to Jane Addams (fragment), January 9, 1921



Freiberg [im] Baden Germany
Jan 9th 1921.

Dear Miss Addams: --

I had hoped to see you in Geneva last June, but was disappointed. However I was glad to hear of your improved health, from Chicago women. And just lately in our W.I.L. headquarters in Vienna. I met Mrs. Lewis, (of Philadelphia) who also gave me good news of you. Since last I said good-bye to you, in Zurich in June 1919, I have had varied and interesting experiences. You may have heard through Miss Holbrook, of our trip from Zurich to Wien, then to [Prague], and back to Wien, with the intention of going down to Budapest, to study the Soviet system. This, she and Miss Burritt were able to do, but my hopes were shattered by a very hard shell of gall-stones, which kept me in bed for a whole month in Wien, and then forced me to go to Karlsbad, for a six weeks Kur; during which time, my companions visited Budapest, Poland, and Germany. I felt broken-hearted, because I had looked forward, ever since our Suffrage Alliance Congress in 1913, to revisit Budapest, and because I longed to see my dear friend Rosika Schwimmer. But -- "All things come to him who waits," and later on, the way was opened for me, to go to Budapest, in great comfort, in an open auto, in lovely October weather, as the guest of Col. [Moffat], the Chief of the American Red Cross work in Hungary. I remained in Budapest nine months, during which time I saw many strange happenings. [page 2]

But I am happy to think, that I was able to do some good work, and to help the sad, and sorely-tried women of the Hungarian Branch of the W.I.L.P.F.

They were being constantly harassed and repressed by the very [reactionary] government, then in power, and Mme Schwimmer's life and liberty were in constant danger. Through the help of personal friends in Eng. & Am. and special funds, clothes, shoes, food and general supplies sent to me by the "Friends," the "Save the Children Fund," and the Swedish Red Cross, as well as our own Am. Red Cross, I was able to distribute a great amount of help ↑to↓ the better class families, all during the winter of 1919-1920, and it all went out in the name, and from the offices of the W.I.L.P.F.

I only left Budapest to attend the Alliance Congress in Geneva in June last. Then after three months of travel and rest in Switzerland, Rosika and I went to Karlsbad, for a Kur of six weeks, -- this time, I am glad to say, only as a preventive measure for the future. But its wonderful, curative waters had no such good effect on poor Mme S's ailment (diabetes) as on mine, and she is now quite ill in a sanatorium in Wien. After a week spent in Prague we journeyed back to Wien, and there I have been working -- in various lines of Relief Work, but  always for or through the W.I.L. until Christmas, when I came on here to visit an old friend. Dr. Ella Scarlett Synge, daughter of Lord Abinger of England and a [granddaughter] of Gen. [Magruder] of Civil War fame. She is a friend also of your Mrs. Turner and through her visited you once in Hull House. During the war, she passed through Germany (on her way back from [Serbia], where she served with the British Red Cross) and visited several internment Camps, and on her return to England in 1915 wrote a Report of what she had seen. She was accused at once, of being Pro-German, and forbidden to publish the Report -- but it is now embodied in a book called "The Better Germany in War Time," -- by Harold Picton -- a copy of which I am sending you, tomorrow. [page(s) missing]