Graham Wallas to Jane Addams, May 14, 1915


14/5/15 --

Dear Miss Addams --

I can't find my copy of "Christmas Day in the Trenches 1914" but I am [telephoning] to the National Peace Council asking them to send you a copy.

I can't tell you how grateful I am for what you gave me yesterday. It had always been a keen disappointment to me that though I have learnt more from you (↑e.g.↓ how to be psychological without being cynical) than from any other writer, I had always missed any personal talk.

Last night's meeting seemed to me [page 2] quite admirable. The plea for a larger unity did not take sides in the moral controversy as to the responsibility of the nation; it simply [took] showed us that controversy is a new light -- sub specie aeternitatis -- and how well they all spoke. Even your Italian colleague could not make herself insincere.

I honestly believe that your movement may prove to be the little "way-side inn" in which serious negotiations for an armistice may ultimately begin.

I have copied out a sonnet ↑few lines↓ which I [page 3] my daughter wrote last November ↑December↓, when we were trying to get accustomed to a darkened London. Her bedroom looks at ↑down↓ onto the little suburban valley of Hornsey.

I suppose that we may never meet again -- though it has always been my dream to bring my wife and daughter to Chicago Hull House -- But I shall read everything you write, and write everything of my own with a constant hope that you may read it.

Yours on this poor earth,

Graham Wallas.