Charles McCarthy to Jane Addams, December 12, 1912


December 12, 1912.

Miss Jane Addams,
Hull House,
Chicago, Illinois.

Dear Miss Addams:-

As I came back I thought that if you were on the committee of the legislative reference bureau I would want to do something at once. One of the best things you could do would be to furnish me the money to hire some stenographers to copy the different things which we have here and send them around at once to the people who want them. There are probably a hundred letters on my desk this morning from members of the legislatures throughout the country. The compilations which we have made here on minimum wage laws, widows' pensions, and information of that kind could be copied, and tentative copies of bills could be copied also. If I had one man here in charge of this with three or four stenographers and clerks I could get a great deal of this material out at once. I believe that temporarily for the service of the country it would be well to establish a small branch here because of the fact of the concentration of material; I mean a small branch which would deal with the states. This legislative reference bureau, I repeat, must be under the control of men who are in no way connected with [page 2] [any] of the big interests in this country. If they are, there will be a suspicion of it at once.

I shall be glad to hear from you on this matter, and I feel I can do a large service, but I can not impose it upon my already overworked men and women.

Yours very truly,

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