Jane Addams to Amy Woods, February 22, 1924



Hull-House, Chicago
February 22, 1924

My dear Miss Woods:

I was awfully glad to have your letter with the list of the people who are coming. It seems to me very good expecting that I do hope we can get good representatives from Sweden and Denmark. The latter of course has the largest number of members of any of our National sections and I should be very glad if Miss Thora Daugaard, the president, could represent Denmark. Miss [Widegren] is, I know, anxious to come from Sweden. I think I will write to each of them, expressing the hope that they can come.

I am [enclosing] a check for $4,000 which as I understand, goes almost directly for European expenses.

Of the list you sent me, I should imagine that at least Madam Duchêne, Frau Hertzka, and the English delegates would pay their own expenses. Madam Schwimmer and Paula [Pogány] in New York could of course represent Hungary and also of course Vilma Glücklich, who is coming, is she not? I am writing to her expressing my regret that she was grieved that the sending ↑(but not the selecting)↓ of the delegates was placed in Madam Ramondt's hands. I sent a copy of the letter I wrote to Madam Ramondt to Vilma Glücklich and a copy of the letter I wrote to Vilma Glücklich to Madam Ramondt ↑on the same day↓ so that there might be no misunderstanding and explaining very carefully that it was because Madam Ramondt was the Financial Secretary and that the funds were already in Holland that it would be easier for the Wayfarers' Agency to go to Holland for interviews than to Switzerland, and that Madam Ramondt had done the same thing very ably for The Hague Conference. It seems to me that it was a matter for the Financial Secretary rather than the ↑general↓ Secretary and things were so slow getting settled in Europe that I felt that I must "intervene," as it were, and decide ↑that↓ division of function. [page 2]

The Japanese have written that they have appointed a Japanese woman in Washington to represent them and I suppose other countries will do that to a certain extent. Certainly if we get in touch promptly with the Foreign Women's Clubs we ought to have a chance to fill up the delegates from Nationals already in this country. I have just written to the New York branch hoping they will cooperate with you in arranging a meeting with some of the Foreign Women's Clubs ↑while I am in New York↓. If you have time, call up Grace Abbott or go to see her about it. She, from her long experience with immigrants, would give valuable advice. We are having a reception for the Foreign Women's Clubs in Chicago March 4. A Mrs. Berg who has recently returned from Sweden and who brought me a charming letter and a photograph of herself from Ellen Key, is really very much in the spirit of Sweden and I think we could find other foreign women in the same condition.

I am really delighted with the plan for taking care of the delegates up to the first week in June and judging from the St. Louis letter, I think we might expect help on the traveling expenses of the train between the various towns that we visited.

I telegraphed you this morning asking you to send an outline of the letter which you think I ought to write. I suspect it will be more definite if I have the data from you in the shape which you think is usable. I will then work it over, as it were, and send it out from here on this same blue paper if you send me the directed envelopes. There is one thing I want to suggest which may sound queer, but my whole experience in raising money has been that if the check is sent to the person who asks for money, you get twice as much. If you make a personal appeal, the people like you to know if they have responded. I should therefore like to say please make all checks to Sophie H. Dulles, Treas. but direct them to J. A. at Hull-House, Chicago that they may be entered in the special European fund. If you think this will make for divided loyalty or for confusion, of course we will not do it. [page 3]

I do not quite like the idea of an American "co-referent" on all of the topics. It seems to me to break in a little into the International character of the Congress. However, I suppose that final bit of program making we can take up at the meeting in March. The invitation was received, was it not, from the International Committee?

We must, I think, ask Madam Schwimmer to speak. She is, as you know, a fine orator and perhaps would be best at one of the evening meetings, but I am sure it would be a great mistake not to invite her.

↑Always devotedly yours↓

Jane Addams [signed]

↑P.S. I should like Gertrud Baer to see this letter about the European delegates [etc.]. I will write to anyone whom she thinks would [like] a formal letter from me.↓