↑Miss Jane Addams.↓
WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM
Dear Miss Balch,
Re Ireland. Mrs. Muter Wilson has sent me your letter to Miss Lyle. I like the tone if it very much and it will be good for [Irish] women to [realize] the width of the work of the League. It was made very clear to me during the visit to Belfast that it was hopeless to expect Northern [women], at any rate those who have any influence with the Northern Government, to join the Irish National Section. We, therefore, proposed that they should apply for admission for the time being to Headquarters as a separate group for the North of Ireland. I wish you could have extended to them an invitation to do this, but perhaps you feel that it is against our Constitution. Would you be good enough to tell me exactly how matters stand as to this point, because unless we can in some way hold out the hand of friendship to a separate group in Northern Ireland until such time as the relations between the North and South make it possible to have one united Irish Section. I feel that little can be done in the North for the moment. I hope you will not think this faint-hearted. I know the North very well and I could get together a handful of women whose opinions are liberal enough to make them join in the South, and a number, of course, who are Catholics and Nationalists, but I do not feel that the formation of a group composed of these elements in the North would have the slightest effect on better relations. It is, therefore, the Unionist women who must be encouraged to express pacific opinions there if any effect is to be gained.