My dear Miss Addams: --
I have pondered long over your kind letter of July 30th. and have conferred with Miss Kellor about it. First of all, you need not trouble yourself about a conference in New York on the 16th. It was very kind of you to offer to go by way of New York on your trip to Bar Harbor, but as you yourself suggested we can probably arrange for everything we need to talk about at the time of the general meeting which Miss Kellor has called for September 22, and I find it almost impossible to get together at this time the people we would want to talk over <with> your our report on Labor Standards.
Secondly, in the matter of the chairmanship of the Committee on Social and Industrial Justice, I appreciate the compliment of your thinking of me as your successor, but much as I am interested in that department, I fear my other obligations would make it impossible for me to render the service needed. I took the chairmanship of the educational department only temporarily until it could be organized and a suitable chairman be found. Miss Kellor has other plans about Mr. Raymond [Robins]. We both think that every effort ought to be made to secure funds for Mr. Stelzle, if he could be obtained as secretary of your committee. Perhaps in that event you could retain the nominal chairmanship with the understanding that the chief burden of the work would be carried by your vice-chairman [page 2] in New York, who is so capable and energetic. If any change is made however, I think Mr. Kellogg ought to be made chairman. He has so many qualifications and his heart is so completely in this work.
I hope you are going to have a pleasant and restful vacation and that we will see you in New York in September, if not before.
With all good wishes, I am,