Jane Addams to Ellery Sedgwick, November 13, 1915


November 13, 1915

My dear Mr. Sedgwick: --

Enclosed please find a copy of my Carnegie Hall address. It is full of blunders in phrasing which I should have been glad to have <had> an opportunity to correct, and of course for print I should have qualified all the statements more than one does in speaking to a large audience when directness is a factor.

I quite agree with you that my expression was unfortunate. My protest, however, is that Miss Repplier, writing for a responsible magazine, exaggerated even the most yellow of newspaper reports of a statement used to illustrate the distaste men feel for the more primitive kind of warfare. Miss Repplier, of course, took no pains to discover what the Woman's Congress at The Hague meant, and confirms my impression that Americans, looking at the war from the outside, are less reasonable than many citizens of the belligerent nations. I received yesterday a letter from Lady Courtney asking permission to print another edition of the unexpurgated speech which has been circulated in England for a penny a copy.

I thank you for your invitation to send a paragraph, but concurring with you as to the futility of replies and rejoinders, it seems to me better to refrain. But I find myself venturing the hope that you may care to give a short space for reviewing a little book Macmillan is bringing out entitled "Women at The Hague" in which I state my position with more care. I should like some time to try an article upon the subject you suggest.

Sincerely yours,

Jane Addams [signed]

P.S. I am enclosing a copy of the Manifesto with my speech, and am venturing to send you more material under another cover.