Ann Webster to Julia Clifford Lathrop, June 29, 1922

[illegible number] Sixteenth Street,
June 29, 1922.

My dear Miss Lathrop:

It was a keen disappointment to learn that we were not to see you this week, but it is so desperately warm I am glad in a way. Then the news of the Committee was staggering. There isn't anyone else who can handle it. Personally, I would like to see Minnie Fisher take hold of it; she is I believe better qualified than any one else, but she has such a 24 hour a day job here that I doubt if she could be spared. There is a well defined feeling that a southern woman would not be wholly fair to the colored woman, and Minnie is not provincial. She belongs to all of us.

But what a wonderful thing for Vassar; Bryn Mawr will [turn] over in its grave.

You have probably read of the wonderful Twelve-Greatest-Women story our new press secretary, Ruth Kimball Gardiner sprang upon the country. It has been interesting to work in the press clippings that have come in; Jane Addams leads. I don't believe that I was ever so pleased over anything, after such a long and serious attack of ignorant criticism as she has gone through. You are third, with Carrie Chapman Catt second. There are a great number of fourths, fifths, etc. It has been an interesting adventure.

Thank you so much for your kind offer about the Club. I subsided into [innocuous], etc. last winter when I found I could not have you, but I take heart again at your offer, and would adore to be sponsored by you. It is very, very gracious of you to offer.

What did you think of young Don? I have not heard from him for a long time. Every once in a while the Secretary writes out there, and they upset everything while the commanding officer formally inquires, and then Don writes me that everybody thinks he is a [distinguished] personage sojourning [there?], etc., etc. He is a nice youngster.

I am sure Vassar will mean that we are to see more of you, even little sneaking glances, and I am for Vassar.

With love from both of us, I am


Ann Webster