Carrie Chapman Catt to Harriet P. Thomas, December 27, 1915

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NEW YORK STATE WOMAN SUFFRAGE PARTY

MAIN HEADQUARTERS
303 FIFTH AVENUE
NEW YORK

Dec. 27, 1915.

Mrs. Wm. I. Thomas,
116 South Michigan Ave.,
Chicago, Ill.

My dear Mrs. Thomas:

Like an unwilling lamb led to slaughter, I have been offered in the interests of peace upon the altar of suffrage and find myself in the position of National president.

As the convention was held very late in the season, it is necessary for us to hold board meetings at the very time when the peace congress will be held in Washington. For that reason I shall not be able to be present. For this I am sorry.

Please express to Miss [Addams] my sincere sympathy in her ill-health, but I cannot feel otherwise than satisfied that she was unable to go upon the famous peace ship. I am afraid it was an enterprise without a leader and without a rudder. Perhaps had she gone her leadership would have been acknowledged, but I fear not under the circumstances.

I have a letter from Dr. Jacobs saying that Miss [Addams] has promised to go to Holland in January, and if so, I shall hope to see her when she passes through New York.

I am glad she is growing better but I fear she is not in position to do hard work.

Yours cordially,

Carrie Chapman Catt [signed]