I have often regretted that as far as I can remember the Youth's Companion has never had the pleasure of receiving a contribution from you. You know, no doubt, how great an influence it has in American homes, and that it has outgrown its name in becoming a paper for the [page 2] household rather than <for> young people only. May I inquire, then, whether you will not prepare a little article--not more than 3000 words-–for us. Perhaps you can suggest a suitable topic or give me the choice of two or three topics? We are obliged to strictly avoid all controversial matters, and we aim at [page 3] things of general interest.
Could you write on Country girls in Cities and Their Problems, dealing with the subject by illustrative examples and instances rather than by [precept]? I mean such girls as farmers' daughters <of the better sort>. I infer that your experience had yielded may <much> interesting and characteristic material in this direction [page 4] and for a suitable article of the length specified-–a little more or less-–we should be glad to pay you $50.
With high regards, I am
To Miss Jane Addams.