My dear, dear Mrs Blaine
Ever since your sad telegram came I have hoped from day to day that you were coming to Chicago and that I might see you. I am sure you know with what love and longing I have been thinking of you and how I wish that I might say a word of comfort.
To have had such a son, to have seen him [develop] under an ideal system of education into a manhood which he so [page 2] gallantly gave to his country, must be a great solace to you even in the midst of your sharpest grief. May I send my affectionate sympathy to his wife and to you dear friend, an assurance of my unchanging devotion. I can't bear to think of you torn and racked afresh.
I am always devotedly yours Jane Addams
Oct 26" 1918