335 SOUTH HALSTED STREET
December 18th, 1907.
My dear Mr. King:--
Ever since your letter came I have been trying to work out my engagements. Between a lecture at the Ethical Society and two regular meetings of the School Board, I find that I would have to rush to Washington and back giving only time for the lecture and taking no part in the conference.
If you do not feel that I have delayed matters and if I will not complicate affairs by declining so late as this, I would be only too glad to drop the entire thing for this year.
I hereby promise to come to Oberlin next year and meet either of the other engagements if they are still available, but I really feel that I ought not to attempt to come in February. I have already accepted appointments for a trip to the women's colleges in March.
I would like to say by way of apology that I do not often vacillate in this way and this came about largely because I wanted very much to [cooperate] in your undertakings, and that my chief regret now is that I shall be unable to do so.
Jane Addams [signed]