Jane Addams to Rose Marie Gyles, July 8, 1904

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Gloucester Mass
July 8" 1904

Dear Sister Gyles

I hope that you are having all the good rest and pleasure that you deserve this summer and that is a very great deal! I am having a fine vacation with Mary Smith and am becoming so reconciled to the sea that I can even take a sail upon it.

Miss Gulliver telephoned me when I was in Rockford at the Lathrops that she wanted very much to offer you the position in the gymnasium at the college. [page 2] I feel of course that I had no right to object but I do want to tell you how much I hope you won't take it.

The ten years in the gymnasium have been in many respects the most satisfactory work at Hull-House and there is certainly no department which goes on more smoothly or with higher standards. Whether you accept the Rockford place or not, I want you to know how much I appreciate it and how much I admire your work. [page 3]

It seems to me that you have held up the standard and also kept a friendly relation with all of the students in really a remarkable way. You will let me know, won't you when you decide. I hope that it will be favor of H.H. All seems to be going on smoothly there, [although] the new building is not yet begun. Mary Smith sends her love to you as do I. Always affectionately yours

Jane Addams