Eleanor Daggett Karsten to Elethea Belle Daly, July 18, 1917


July 18th, 1917.

My dear Mrs. Daly:

Your letter of July 14th, addressed to Miss Addams, has been received during Miss Addams's absence from the city and I am writing to tell you a little about the work of the Woman's Peace Party, of which Miss Addams is the Chairman:

The Woman's Peace Party is the Section for the United States of the International Committee of Women for Permanent Peace, a Committee which grew out of the Conference at The Hague in 1915, and which is organized in twenty different countries. In each of these countries there is [today] a group of twenty delegates and ten alternates, who are elected to the Congress of Women After the War, which has been planned by the International Committee of Women for Permanent Peace, to be held at the same time and place as the Official Peace Conference after the war. These various groups of women are devoting what time they can to the study of international problems which will come up for discussion at this Congress, and it is as a Section for the United States of this Committee, that the Woman's Peace Party is carrying on much of its international work.

We are, of course, working along national lines. We have vigorously opposed the introduction of military training into the schools and encouraged in every way we can the introduction of the spirit of internationalism instead. We are definitely opposed to a permanent policy of compulsory military service, and we are working as best we may to [uphold] in every way those democratic institutions which we now have in the United States; to resist the tendency to lower labor standards and educational standards, and to help along the various lines which open up in connection with this work. As an organization we are not doing Red Cross work, but many of our members are interested in this. There is plenty for all of us to do at this time and I think we get great comfort from organization and the support of [coworkers].

I am including in the package of [literature] which I am taking the liberty of sending to you, a copy of an address recently given by Miss Addams in Chicago. [page 2]

If we can help in any way with suggestions or literature, will you not please call upon us. We should be very glad to be of any assistance.

Very sincerely yours,

Office Secretary

Mrs. Thomas F. Daly,
1034 Logan St.,
Denver, Colorado.