Stephen S. Wise to Jane Addams, September 16, 1912

New York


Sept. 16, 1912

Miss Jane Addams,
Bar Harbor, Me.

My dear Miss Addams:

I have your letter, and am glad that you find the recommendations of the Committee to the President good in the main. I have communicated with Mr. Kellogg of our Committee respecting Mr. Glenn, and he informs me that Professor Lindsay is prepared to take up the matter with the President and to urge the unfitness of appointing him. <(the material about Mr. G has come).>

I do not know whether you have heard from any member of the Committee who waited on the President that he, and not we, mentioned your name in connection with the Commission, and that of his own volition he expressed a desire to name you as a member. You will pardon my saying that it is "almost too good to be true," and I think, irrespective of your willingness to accept the appointment if offered you, it is highly honoring to the President that he should take such a position at this time, in view of what is upon fairly [credible] evidence believed to be your own sympathy with the Progressive Party and its nominee.

It may interest you to learn that I have had a long talk with Governor Wilson within the last few days and am surer than ever that he is absolutely dependable as a progressive. If elected, you will see that the Progressives, who are now supporting Roosevelt, will have a much larger share in [page 2] the determination of the policies of the administration than <will> any of the old line Democrats who have no understanding of and sympathy with the fine purposes of Woodrow Wilson.

Sincerely yours,

Stephen S. Wise [signed]