Benjamin Barr Lindsey to Jane Addams, July 6, 1912


July 6, 1912.

Miss Jane Addams,
C/o Hull House,
Chicago, Ill.

My dear Miss Addams:

I am so glad to have your kind note of June 25th. It was a keen disappointment to me to miss you.

I became quite disappointed over the turn of affairs at Chicago and gave up hope for any results from the convention as finally organized. It was only for that reason that I did not appear personally before the Credential Committee. I knew from inside information that it was utterly hopeless. I had been so enthusiastic over the prospect of getting the plank in the platform.

I wanted to tell you about my interview with Colonel Roosevelt at his house, and the change of heart that I feel quite confident he has expressed on this subject. I have been trying to get him to see the necessity, the right and justice of taking a strong, affirmative stand for suffrage, and I flatter myself to believe that he has been quite convinced that this is the proper attitude from now on.

I do so much appreciate your kind commendation, but I couldn't do otherwise than to exert every effort in my power in behalf of suffrage, and I haven't the slightest doubt that we shall get the plank in the platform of the new party. If the convention is held at Chicago, as I am inclined to think it will be, I shall certainly have a conference with you there, and we will, of course, want you to appear before the committee.

Sincerely yours,

Dic. 6/30/12.

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