Dear J A
I trust my letter about the League office did not seem too unreasoned. You can hardly understand what a difficult time the Council has been having. Today K. Ludington has gone to Washington to a meeting and I trust that a working organization will come out of today's efforts. I know [page 2] it is her purpose as I am sure it is ↑that of↓ a large majority of the organizing members -- whoever they are! -- to make [long?] effort to secure you and Mrs Catt as Vice Chairman & I believe this will come very soon. I am anxious to see the cooperating bodies turned into active participants by a mobile delegate from each who can make a [page 3] Connection between Washington and the rest of the country through visits to W. and reports reciprocally. This sounds messy but I have a concrete idea.
Of course no one knows better than I that the timidity which business feels in the association with avowed peace advocates must be overcome. [page 4] For the first time we have a common avowed [illegible]. If the Committee can get an organization which expresses that jointly, I am for giving them a chance to try. In the meantime we are al ↑it is the poorer↓ of course for lack of your inventive wisdom.
I have a vulgar cold excessively developed and instead of having a week of spacious leisure [page 5] unknown to any fellow-laborer I am tied here in the Club an easy work but a poor one.
Saturday morning at latest I am going down to Washington, thence to Richmond for 16th & 17th & thence I [trust] home by the 19th. If you are in [page 6] Chicago, I count on seeing you.
Julia C. Lathrop
Confidentially: The council has near ↑never↓ been organized. It is on paper, -- arranged without experience in nation-wide work -- and the queerest hap-hazard thing I ever saw trying to hatch itself. But it may succeed. Indeed it really must succeed.