Bainbridge Colby to Jane Addams, May 20, 1920


May 20, 1920.

My dear Miss Addams: --

I have not ceased to regret since I saw you in Chicago that I had so few moments before my train left and was obliged to compress our conversation into such unsatisfactory limits.

I have had my promise to you in mind, however, to take the matter up, and since my return I have been giving it attention, together with the specialists of the State Department in that field.

I think you will be pleased to hear that the Department contemplates an announcement within a few days to the effect that relief workers will be permitted to proceed to Russia without objections from this Government, although, in view of the fact that we have no formal contact with the Soviet Republic, anyone attempting to go to Russia will be obliged to do so at their own risk and without reliance upon the usual assistance and protection from this [page 2] Government, which, under normal conditions, could be counted upon.

Our Diplomatic and Consular officers have already been instructed in this matter and a Press notice will be issued, I think, within a short time.

If there is further information that you desire, please let me know and I shall be glad to give your letter prompt attention.

With kind regards,

Yours faithfully,

Bainbridge Colby [signed]

↑P.S. This letter was dictated prior to the receipt of your letter of the 18th, which it seems to fully answer.↓

[address typed at bottom of page 1] Miss Jane Addams,
Hull House,
Chicago, Illinois.