THE WOMAN'S PEACE PARTY
Dear Miss Addams:
I should be very glad to meet with the other members of the Executive Board any time in October, preferably toward the middle. I cannot leave home before the first or second of October. Any time after that. I shall be happy to bear my own expenses. As I wrote you in a letter which crossed yours of the 10th which I am now answering, I think New York or Boston would be more diplomatic and strategic places to meet in than Chicago or Washington at this time.
I agree with those who think that the tentative statement had better be deferred until after the Executive Board meeting; and I agree with you that it would be well to purge ourselves of obstruction. And I agree with Mrs. Mead that we must develop a constructive policy.
In the Official Bulletin of September 10 is the following statement (part of a longer statement) from the Secretary of War:
"An opportunity will be given to both white and colored men among the selected forces to volunteer for training service and in the line of communication organization which it is necessary to organize, and it is hoped that an adequate number will volunteer for this military but noncombatant service; but there will be both combatant and noncombatant organizations of colored men just as there are for white men."
As for the Annual Meeting, I hope we will hold it. I would not wonder if it would be better to have it somewhere else than in Washington this year on account of the suffrage complications. And probably we would have to dispense with the mass-meeting. Very likely we would not be well received by the McAlpin and similar hotels. Do you suppose the Mass. people would feel like having us meet in their headquarters? Or would we be an infliction in one of the halls at Hull-House? We could hardly meet at the headquarters in New York.
I am very glad indeed to hear from Mrs. Karsten that you seem very well.
I will send a carbon of this to Mrs. Mead ↑& one to Mrs Spencer.↓
Alice Thacher Post [signed]