William English Walling to Jane Addams, June 8, 1909

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21 WEST 38TH STREET

June 8th, 1909.

Miss Jane Addams,
Hull House,
Chicago, Ill.

My dear Miss Addams:-

The recent Conference on the Status of the Negro decided to invite several persons besides those present to become members of the Permanent Committee, which will not only call a coming conference but will attempt to organize a complete plan of defense for the legitimate rights of the Negro race in this country.

The enclosed clipping shows the constitution of the Committee and the principle resolutions. Careful consideration was given to the selection of the names of this committee. Only such were chosen as it could be felt can be relied upon to take a profound interest in this delicate and complicated question. Since you are among those few whom we feel we can lean upon, it is earnestly hoped that you will not refuse to join with us, even if your time is so restricted as to allow your attendance at few of our meetings. 

It is needles to add any word insisting on the growing and vital importance of this question to every phase of our [page 2] national existence.

Sincerely yours,

Wm English Walling [signed]

P.S. - In the list of the Committee enclosed the name of Mr. Oswald Garrison Villard had been accidentally omitted by the Evening Post.