October 12, 1915
Dear Miss Addams
I have only just heard from Mr. Haskell that the Executive Committee of the Carnegie Endowment feels that it ought not to grant the appropriation which would enable you to continue Miss Thomas's salary of $1000 for the next six months. Frankly I don't know what the Trustees are up to, for they have said "No" to all except one of the recommendations I have made this summer and they are not quite sure about that one! I hope most sincerely that this won't embarrass your work and that we may have many opportunities for cooperation in the future.
Perhaps you would like to have confidentially, for what it may be worth, my personal idea as to the reason of the extreme display of caution on the part of the Trustees. I think the present flurry in this country in the interest of "preparedness" has stampeded enough men both inside and outside the Board of Trustees to make <[illegible] have brought> those who in the past have taken the initiative about proposals come to the conclusion that it is wiser not to raise any questions about which there might possibly be controversy at the present time.
Very truly yours
F. P. Keppel [signed]