Henry W. B. Conrad to Jane Addams, December 2, 1912

Philadelphia, Pa. U.S.A.


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

My dear Miss Addams:-

Yours of the 29th received this morning, and in reply will say that we did not assume that you had agreed to write the Introduction for our book by Dr. Hall. We stated in our letter that we had set the Introduction heading in type simply to make plain what we wanted. Of course, in the event of our not arranging with you to write an article on the subject indicated, so that we would have to have the Introduction written by some one else, the name of the writer would be substituted for your name. Nor did we mean to imply that we find no statement or statements in your book, "A New Conscience and an Ancient Evil," that would not be suitable for quotation as a part of the chapter, "Crusade Against Sexual Evils." We mean that we could not quote from your book for the purpose of an Introduction to Dr. Hall's book. We did find in your book in the chapter on education, [page 2] to which you referred us, and from which you wrote us the privilege of making a quotation, a very satisfactory statement on page 124 as follows: "Our public-school education is so nearly universal, that if the entire body of the teachers seriously undertook to instruct all American youth in regard to this most important aspect of life, why should they not in time train their pupils to continence and self-direction, as they already discipline their minds with knowledge in regard to many other matters? Certainly the extreme youth of the victims of the 'White Slave' Traffic, both boys and girls, places a great responsibility upon the educational forces of the community." This quotation would be made a more complete statement by continuing it with paragraph on page 137: "It is incomprehensible that a nation whose chief boast is its free <public> education, that a people always ready to respond to any moral or financial appeal made in the name of the children, should permit this infamy against childhood to continue! Only the protection of all children from the menacing temptations which their youth in unable to withstand, will prevent so from the menacing temptation which their youth is unable to withstand, will prevent some of them from falling victims to the 'White Slave' traffic; only when moral or sexual education is made effective and universal will there be hope for the actual abolition of commercialized vice."

Now, after reading and considering more carefully the whole of this educational chapter of your book, we think that what we have above quoted together with some other statements from the same chapter could be used most appropriately as the Introduction to Dr. Hall's book. This would not require you to write or prepare anything new, but simply approve the adaptation of excerpts from the educational chapter of your book. Instead of the subject set in type and sent you with our former letter, "The solution of the vice problem to be found in votes for women and teaching Sexual Hygiene," this might well be changed to the following: "The abolition of commercialized vice depends upon effective and universal sexual education." You will notice this subject is a literal adaptation of the last statement of the above quotation from the educational chapter of your book.

To bring the whole subject before you again the most simple way, we will put in shape [page 3] quotations from your educational chapter and send herewith, for your approval. You can give your approval by simply signing this statement. You will notice the footnote indicating that this is taken from your book, "A New Conscience and an Ancient Evil." This will give the benefit of publicity to your book, and besides this, we would be willing to put your name on our title-page, making mention of such other books as you may want mentioned, especially "Twenty Years at Hull House", "Democracy and Social Ethics", "A New Conscience and an Evil," etc., etc.

Your request that we destroy the printed proof bearing your name is noted, and we hereby assure you that your name was not put in type in this connection with any thought of giving publicity to this, but for the purpose of bringing clearly before you our suggestion as to the subject of the article we would like to get from you to be used as an Introduction to the book. We now think the article herewith, approved by you to be used as the Introduction would be even more appropriate than the article suggested by the printed heading sent you.

We thank you for your statement that you would consider us very fortunate in securing the services of Mrs. Catt in connection with our [page 4] book. Since last writing you, we have decided to negotiate with Mrs. Catt for a special chapter in the book, setting forth the whole subject in some such way as treated in her address, referred to in our former letter to you. Such a chapter from Mrs. Catt would give the reader a world-view of the vice problem. This, we think, would be a most appropriate chapter in connection with our book on sexual education under the title of "Sexual Education," by Dr. Hall.

We feel very earnestly, Miss Addams, that the accompanying article, as quoted from the educational chapter of your book, "A New Conscience and an Ancient Evil," adapted to be used as the Introduction, together with your name on the title-page , and the mention of your other books, will be an advantage that will be reciprocal, and we propose compensating you accordingly. You have consented to our quoting from your book as a part of the chapter on "Crusade Against Sexual Evils," but such quotation would be one of many from many persons. We desire to give your article more prominence in connection with the book, for the greater influence it will have in the sale of the book, and in the influence for good resulting from the increased sale of the book by the use of your name in this connection rather than in a chapter of the book. After completing whatever arrangements we may be able to make with you, whether as here proposed, or as previously authorized, we shall then be more hopeful of arranging with Mrs. Catt to write a special chapter for the book, but not to be used as an Introduction. The sale of our book will be chiefly in America, where, of course, your name as the writer of the Introduction suggested herewith would have a far greater influence than that of Mrs. Catt, or any other American woman. We are making every possible effort to get every feature of the book to accord with our best judgment as to the essentials of the largest possible sale of the book. Of course, as publishers, we are looking to the commercial side, but at the same time, when we read on every hand that sexual education is being urged as the solution in the last analysis of the vice problem, we feel intensely interested in placing our book before the public in such a way and with such features, as will give it a tremendous sale for the good of the cause as well as for the profits accruing from the same <sale>. The use of your article as an introduction will undoubtedly add largely to the [page 5] sale of the book. We are not attempting to disguise this fact. This goes without saying, but it is not as though we <were> attempting to arrange with you for the use of your name in some connection that would not meet with your heartiest approval. The writer has read many books on the subject of sexual education, and has heard different lectures, but has never read nor heard the subject treated in such an acceptable way as that of Dr. Hall, who lifts the mind of the reader on this great life problem to the plane of the ideal, thus dispelling whatever morbidity may influence certain readers to the perusal of this book. We feel that the book will have the highest praise on every hand, and so we do not want to go to press until we have every feature up to the very highest standard that we can attain.

Hoping, therefore, you may be able to take time to give our proposals your most careful consideration, and trusting that we may hear from you promptly with the accompanying article approved as it is, or with such changes as you may choose to make, and assuring you that your wishes and requests, with reference to using anything quotes as your writing, will be be carefully [page 6] heeded, for at all times we desire to keep within our rights, with proper deference to the rights of others, we are,

Sincerely yours,


H. W. B. Conrad [signed]

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