March 26, 1915
My dear Mr. Baker: --
Thank you very much for your most cordial invitation to me to Amherst but I am obliged to decline it.
My plans for the next year are most indefinite and it is quite impossible for me to consider any definite engagement at the moment. I hope very much that I shall be able to do something for the Amherst Woman's Club at some future time, but I do not care to bind myself with any fixed engagement for such a long time ahead. With much appreciation of your courtesy,
Jane Addams. [signed]
P.S. I am sending you under separate cover a copy of the call sent out by the Dutch women, and will also send you in a day or two some letters which seem to me to be very touching written by the women in the various warring countries. May I tell you how much I appreciate your belief in the Woman's Peace Party.
The Conference at The Hague is uncertain and has about it, of course, a certain aspect of moral adventure. How I wish you could persuade Miss Tarbell to go with us. Her clear head and knowledge of the economic situation would be invaluable! I want to congratulate you on your Peace story in the American several months ago. It has been enormously quoted.
The fee of fifty dollars is quite adequate -- it is merely a question of finding the time.