Emily Greene Balch to Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Executive Committee and Consultative Members, January 27, 1922 Also known as: Emily Greene Balch to Jane Addams, January 27, 1922

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WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM
Geneva, 6 rue du vieux collège

Circular letter to Executive Committee & Consultative Members (A)

[Circular letter] to Secretaries of National Sections (B)

Series of 1922
A2
B1

January 27, 1922.

Dear Friend,

I am at last back again at Geneva after my 4 months leave of absence, and very happy to be once more at work. Unfortunately my health has not been good but I am now feeling so much better that I hope to be able to go on with my work without further interruption.

We were much disappointed that Vilma Glücklich, whom we hoped to have here to work with Mlle. Gobat during my absence, could not come. Miss Marshall was here twice, in all some 11 weeks, and worked most energetically in connection especially with the political side of our [program], but there is much that is now pressing to be done.

SUMMER SCHOOL

First and foremost is the question of the Summer School. After considering the correspondence on the subject and talking with as many of our members as I could reach, notably in Paris with Mme. Duchêne, Mlle. Rolland, Mme. Jouve and others, I propose to proceed as follows:

I. Easter Meeting. a) The organizing by our International League of any meeting at Easter seems out of the question as in many countries the vacations are too short. The [page 2] British Section, however, is organizing a very interesting International Easter School of its own, in regard to which it will inform you direct.

France b) To French Section consider it impracticable to organize anything that would at all meet our purpose as an international gathering in France this year and do not wish to undertake it.

Czecho-Solvakia c) The consensus of opinion is that it is impracticable to undertake a school this year at Prague or elsewhere in Czecho-Solvakia.

Italy II. It seems best then to try to arrange a Summer School in August in some place in Northern Italy. We are all trying to find a suitable place and a person to organize the school on its material side.

Program III. I have asked the French Section to arrange the [program] of the School, plan the courses, find the speakers etc. and Mlle. Rolland and Mme. Jouve have taken this in hand.

URGENT

PLEASE WRITE AT ONCE TO MLLE. ROLLAND (29 Av. de l'observatoire, Paris Ve.) IF YOU WISH TO SUGGEST ANY SPEAKERS OF YOUR OWN NATIONALITY OR OTHERS, OR ANY SUBJECTS FOR LECTURES.

Please do not send in a considerable list of more or less desirable names but only a few, carefully chosen, of persons that there is a probability of really securing, (500 Swiss Francs will be offered for [traveling] and no honorarium) and of whose capacity to interest and lead a mixed group of students you feel sure. [page 3]

IV. In regard to a possible Summer School at Lauenburg in Germany. I cannot say anything definite till I have heard again from Fräulein Heymann but I feel that I must get out this first query without waiting for further information;

V. Neither can I tell what we can do in case the plan of meeting in Northern Italy proves impracticable.

NEWS SHEET.

URGENT.

WE ARE PREPARING A NEWS SHEET TO GO OUT IF POSSIBLE FEBRUARY 15. WE SHOULD LIKE TO HAVE ANY NEWS THAT OUGHT TO BE GIVEN IN THIS ISSUE SENT AT ONCE TO THE GENEVA OFFICE.

REPORT OF VIENNA CONGRESS.

Our Vienna Editors, when last heard from, expected the Report to appear in December. I am anxiously awaiting a reply to my inquiry as to the present situation. Unfortunately the money which we had in a Vienna bank and which we hoped would be nearly enough to pay for the Report has so sunk in value as to amount to very little.

FINANCIAL SITUATION

Apart from this, the financial situation is not unfavorable for the moment. We had a balance on [page 4] December 31 of 36,500. -- Swiss Francs (apart from some small special funds -- balance of money for Summer School 2500 Swiss Francs and for Balkan Trip 780 Swiss Francs and 25000 German Marks and 350,000 Austrian Crowns), just about the sum that we had foreseen when we made a provisional budget for the last three months, before I left Geneva in September.

It must not be forgotten that we shall be at the end of our resources many months before the next Congress and that we cannot expect any help meantime from America, where 46,638 Swiss Francs has already been raised by a very great effort. Attention is called to the report of our Committee on Finance and organization at the Vienna Congress (pp 10/11) of the Resolutions.

MAISON INTERNATIONALE

Miss Thornton has been very successful this winter with the house, in spite of the high prices of coal and everything else. We shall be glad if you will make an effort to make the possibility of lodging in the Maison Internationale further known in your country.

We shall be pleased to send you cards with the picture of the house and a space for writing in, below it, the necessary information (which we will furnish for you to translate into your language). Will you let us know how many you could fill out and get placed in suitable places (clubs? libraries? universities?)

Yours very cordially

(signed) Emily G. Balch

Secretary-Treasurer.