Eleanor Daggett Karsten to Gladys Emelora Sinclair, March 24, 1917


My dear Mrs. Sinclair:

Your letter of March 11th addressed to Miss Addams has just been referred to this [office] because of Miss Addams' absence from the city, and I am writing to say that your suggestion of calling a National Convention of women to bring pressure against war is one which would require a great deal of time and money to work out effectively. I wish such a Convention might be called, but it does not seem to me practicable at this time.

However, there is something which, we are told from Washington, can be effectively done, and that is to send as many messages as possible either by wire or by letter, or postal, to the President and to the Congressmen of your state, urging them not to declare war at this time and also expressing a strong opposition to compulsory military service. There is a strong probability that this measure will be considered at the coming session of Congress and passed under the influence of the war scare. Tremendous pressure is being brought to bear to accomplish this. We urge everyone, therefore, to send messages, as suggested, and to urge others to do so. This, I believe, is a most effective thing which we can do at this time.

Sincerely yours,

Office Secretary

Mrs. John [F.] Sinclair,
312 North Raymond St.,
Pasadena, California.