July 31, 1911.
My dear Mr. Marsh; --
Mr. S. S. McClure came to see me at Hull-House last June and asked me to write something for him upon certain aspects of The Social Evil. I begun an article entitled "A New Conscience and an Ancient Evil". It has literally grown into a book of seven chapters, each one of which indicates the relief which is coming in various directions, such as "Legal Action", "Philanthropic Effort", "Public Hygiene", "Social Control", etc. As I begun it with the magazine article in mind I have tried to keep the [phraseology] and tone so that it might be read (by the general public) without embarrassment.
The thing has now grown to about thirty thousand words, only twenty-five hundred less than "The Spirit of Youth and the City Street". I could of course easily make it the [page 2] same size and possibly have the material ready by the first of October.
I promised to send Mr. McClure three or four chapters by the end of the week although I am firmly convinced that the material is not fitted for a serial in any magazine. The chapters taken separately are curiously ineffective.
Shall I send for your reading copies of the chapters I send Mr. McClure? None of them are of course finished but you could gather the quality and tone of the book.
Very sincerely yours,
Jane Addams [signed]