Harriet Park Thomas to Jane Addams, March 18, 1922


My dear Miss Addams:

You will not need to be told that Miss Culver's letter is by the hand of [Esau], nor how inadequately her voice is conveyed through my words.

Dictation has become so great a strain upon her that she no longer tries to write to her friends in her own fashion as she did last summer, -- so that what I write can in no way give her feelings and quality.

I think you will find when you see her again that she has changed a good deal, -- rather in her power of concentration and expression than physically, for as to appetite and general condition she seems much better than she did when she went home from here last spring.

We talk of you so often, and now your book will bring you close to us in many ways.

We have had a happy winter here together. I have loved being with [page 2] her, and I think it has meant a great deal to her to have some one who knew her back ground and connections so well, -- Hull House and the Ashland Boulevard home, and so many of those who were dear to her who are now gone.

You can imagine with what interest and response I have read "Bread and Peace", for I have not waited for the reading aloud, but have read through to the end.

I feel a deep personal indebtedness to you for having written this fine interpretation of the pacifist standpoint, -- so forthright and impartial, and in no sense an apologia.

With my love and thanks,

Harriet P. Thomas