Eleanor Daggett Karsten to Mrs. J. J. Erwin, May 29, 1917


My dear Mrs. Erwin:

Your letter addressed to Miss Addams has been received during her absence from the city. I am quite sure that Miss Addams would feel that the plan which you suggest is not a feasible one. We are doing all that we can possibly do to organize the women of the country for peace work. I am sure you will be interested to know some of the things we are doing.

I am sending you material in reference to our work and would call attention to the Report of the International Committee of Women for Permanent Peace. This Committee, which grew out of the Congress of Women at The Hague in 1914, is planning to hold a Congress of Women at the same time and in the same place as the Official Peace Conference After the War. Some twenty countries have organized and have International [Committees] of their own and have appointed thirty-five delegates and alternates to attend this Congress whenever it may be held. I am enclosing a letter from Miss Addams which was sent out early this year, asking for funds to finance this Congress. About thirteen thousand dollars has been [raised] and deposited in New York drawing interest and can be drawn out at any time, should such a Congress be called.

I believe with your interest in the work of the women in connection with this war you might be interested in this, which represents the mature thought and study [of] some of the finest women in this country and other countries.

I am also sending an application blank for membership in the Woman's Peace Party in case you are interested and wish to join us.

Sincerely yours,

Office Secretary

Mrs. J. J. Erwin,
1220 Market Ave., N.,
Canton, Ohio.