Jane Addams to Henrietta Octavia Rowland Barnett, March 25, 1903


My dear Mrs Barnett

I want to thank you for your dear letter; coming as it did just after I had read your fine and vivid article in The XIX Century, it gives me the impression of having really talked with you -- and that you must know, is a rare and abiding pleasure. When are you coming to America, don't you think that you and Canon Barnett owe something to the children of your enthusiasm over here, who sadly need your guidance? [page 2] Hull-House has grown very fast during the past two years since I saw you last. We have some charming apartments on the end of the block and between residents and neighbors are working out [a] little collective housekeeping plan, which is successful because [unforced] and natural. And then our "Labor Museum" has caught the public imagination and is growing apace -- sometimes I think that it is the finest thing we have, if we can keep it enough Labor [page 3] and not too much museum, do let me show it to you -- I am sure you could [inspect?] us and give us ideas for a year!

We have thirty residents, some of them fine, and some of them merely conscientious young folk who are coming on.

I am writing this from Mass. where I have been for a few days, Mr Woods is lately married and living in a dear little house near the settlement. He is as fine and steady as ever and the new book we all think a masterpiece in its [marshaling] of social forces and mechanics. He holds a unique place in Boston which one recognizes as stronger each year. [page 4]

Please don't diet too much, the scheme sometimes ends in a curious collapse after the reserve fat is gone and besides you hadn't too much to my thinking.

With affectionate greetings to Canon Barnett and yourself and a real wave of homesickness for you both -- I am always devotedly yours

Jane Addams

March 25" 1903

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