January 12, 1917.
Dear Miss Addams:
Let me know, if you will, if you are coming on to New York. I was in Philadelphia yesterday and the day before and hoped that by some good fortune I might get in touch with you, as I heard you were there. Your letter of the 7th reached the office after I had left.
The mission that took Mr. Lasker and me to Philadelphia was to meet, through the good offices of Mr. Hollingsworth Wood, Mr. Stanley R. Yarnall and Mr. A. G. Scattergood, a group of a dozen Friends. They were mostly fairly young men -- who will count in the next twenty-five years. I began with a confession of sin -- that The Survey had, previous to the war, not been able to follow foreign social work and had not taken up the peace movement; and then told them of the new department through which we hope to do both of these things much more adequately than such fragmentary work as has characterized the last two years.
The outcome was that a dozen Friends undertook to get, each of them, four others -- 50 or 60 in all -- to contribute $10 a year for three years to the Foreign Service Department of The Survey. This will complete our fund, for we have already $2500 pledged from Mr. Schiff, Mr. Lasker and Mr. [Cochran]. But of course it means much more than an additional $500 a year, which might be obtained conceivably from one person. It means, I hope, a new [alignment] and point of contact between the Quakers and the social workers. The fact that the Quakers are [page 2] socializing some of their historic principles, and that social workers are beginning to think in terms of internationalism, struck fire in our discussion.
We have come back very enthusiastic over the project.