Helen Marot to Jane Addams, December 28, 1915



Dear Miss Addams:

I received your message through Mrs Thomas about my proposition for The American Internationalist. Let me say first that I did receive word through your secretary that my first letter had been received and would have understood even if she had not written why you could not answer. I am very glad to hear that you will be well enough to attend the annual meeting in Washington next week.

I should be glad of the opportunity to present my position and outline the importance of building up through publication a political philosophy of practice. As I now see it, it would be better not, in speaking at the meeting to ask for backing of any kind but to see how the proposition is received and to talk personally to those who may be interested. I will find out from Mrs. Post how long I should take.

Your suggestion in regard to The New Republic makes me think that you have not had the opportunity to judge those young editors at close range; moreover in a meeting which I had with Dr Dewey, Franz Boas, and James Harvey Robinson, those men on whom I want particularly to rely for formulation of matter, are thoroughly agreed that The New Republic, from other points of view beside the difficulty in getting the editors to adopt build up a philosophy of practice, would not be free for our purpose. As to the difficulties of starting a new magazine, I want to have an opportunity of talking that over with you in Washington. I hope to be able to leave here in time for your meeting Saturday night but I cannot yet tell.

I am very glad indeed that you are interested and thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak at the meeting.

Sincerely Helen Marot [signed]