Walter Hines Page to Jane Addams, September 14, 1908



Sept. 14, 1908.

My dear Miss Addams:

I have waited to answer your kind letter written from Bar Harbor until you should get home and, in fact, I had the hope that I might see you here at the Playground Conference.

I have no reason to call me to Chicago now except to see you, and I am going to put this question squarely to you: If you will let me go over the forty and one good reasons why you ought to write out your autobiography it will give me great pleasure to go and see you. You will observe that I do not ask that in advance you give your unqualified consent to do so, but simply to give me an opportunity to tell you at some length the earnest conviction I have on the subject; for it is a very earnest one. In fact, I can't think of a book that is likely to stimulate more minds nor, if [page 2] you will permit me to say so, is there a method that I can think of whereby the larger significance of your great labor will be understood by <made plain to> a big public.

May I come to see you and talk it over?

Very heartily yours,

Walter H. Page [signed]

Miss Jane Addams,
Hull House, Chicago, Ill.

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