WASHINGTON, D.C. April 21, 17.
My dear Miss Addams:
I am sending you one copy of the Hearings before The Military Affairs Committee. Mr. Dent's Secretary has promised to send fifty to our office in Chicago. That will be our allowance, as only a limited edition was printed. The type is still standing, and I am going to ask Mr. Slayden or General Sherwood to get some more printed for us, free of charge. [It] will be a valuable document for circulation, as <the> Australian Experience is all incorporated, to say nothing of your own splendid statement, and those of the other speakers.
If we cannot get it reprinted for nothing would you favor paying for some reprints?
We had a hearing this morning before the Senate Committee on Military Affairs. Mr. Cannon the labor man from New York spoke; also [Hollingsworth] Wood, Mrs. Evans, a Quaker man from Philadelphia, Eads Howe, Norman Thomas and I.
I go to West Chester Tuesday, to speak on "The Child and Peace," during Child Welfare Week. On my return I shall be obliged to run away to Tennessee for about a week, then I shall come back here and turn things over to Mrs. Allender. I think I shall have to retire to [private] life for [a while] then, to rest my bones and "invite my soul"; also to play with my grandchild a while before she goes to her other grandmother, in Michigan, for the summer.
Our lobby is going finely. Mrs Holt sent three Michigan women; the New York Branch sent a woman and a man and the Pennsylvania Branch will send someone next week. Of course we do not hope to defeat the Administration Program, but shall feel that it has all been [worthwhile] if we can only hold on to our "little group of [willful] men" in the Senate and the House, and perhaps add two or three unto them.
I wish you could have stayed, perhaps you can come back.
With love always,
Harriet Thomas [signed]Our office girl is not a trained stenographer -- we are economizing our help.
H. P. T.