March 13. 1922:
My dear Miss Addams:
I have received your very noble book, Peace and Bread. I find myself in fullest sympathy with every word of it, having passed through many of the same experiences, and felt the same impulses and reactions. There have been times when I repeated Thoreau's words:
“My respect for my fellow-men is not being increased these days.”
War time, as Lord Courtney used to say -- “is the opportunity for fools,” as also for discredited lawyers who find a congenial [role] as "sons of Belial."
I find a certain consolation in Normal Angell's words as we gathered to talk things over at Salisbury House in August. 1914: “We were not successful we were merely right," and as Emerson observes: “After all nothing is saved save the integrity of your own mind.”
I am just reading the last proofs of my own “Autology”. You will note parallelisms of experience.
Most cordially yours,
David Starr Jordan