Lillian D. Wald to Jane Addams, July 30, 1918


July 30, 1918

Beloved Friend

I am so glad Mary and you are off to Colorado, and I should love to hear from you and her as you suggest, but I do not want you to write if you have to do so in long hand. I haven't your Colorado address. If [you] will put it on a postal card and send it to me I will send you some reading matter.

I too wish that we could talk over the Russian situation. I have just come from a luncheon where Graham Taylor spoke, and almost every day I am present at some discussion. It seems to me that Mr. Olgin, the author of "The Soul of the Russian Revolution," has given the clearest interpretation of the situation. He says he judges what [must] be the situation from his understanding of Russian psychology and his knowledge of Russian conditions. A week later someone comes from Russia and reports occurrences identical with his surmises of the results of certain events. Tomorrow the Friends of Russian Freedom will meet. Mr. James Reynolds thought they ought to send a communication to the President in approval of military intervention, and yet everyone who has been in Russia and understands the Russian military complication says that if there is intervention, there will be more trouble and more doubt of us. In many ways the situation parallels that in Mexico when Pershing entered and then withdrew. The Lomonosoffs were here on Tuesday evening, also the [Willards], and Mary McDowell dropped in later. There are tales which the Lomonosoffs can tell which would turn your hair!

My love to you and the dear convalescent. I won't think that the little Connecticut home is complete until you and she come and bless it.

Affectionately yours

Miss Jane Addams
Hull House
Chicago, Ill.