Richard Theodore Ely to Jane Addams, July 10, 1906

University of Wisconsin

Madison, Wis., July 10, 1906.

Miss Jane Addams,

Dear Miss Addams:-

I have recently received a letter from Justice O. W. Holmes of the U. S. Supreme Court. I think the following extract from the letter will interest you:

"I am much indebted to you for your suggestions in the way of books; and besides Ross' books I have read Ghent's An. <On> Benevolent Feudalism, cleverly ironical, but at trifle extreme, and Jane Addams' Democracy and Social Ethics, - a big woman who knows about the facts and gives me more insight into the point of view of the workingmen and the poor than I had before. How excellent her discrimination between doing good to them and doing good with them! I believe with her that we need more democratic feeling. I like to multiply my skepticism; for in administering constitutional law one cannot realize to clearly the possibility of different points of view, for all of which there ought to be room to assist <assert> themselves if the Constitution is not to be a Procrustean bed."

Sincerely yours,

Richard T Ely [signed]

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[written by Jane Addams on reverse side of letter] some pleasant words ([illegible]) from Mr Ely.

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