Sophonisba P. Breckinridge to Jane Addams, November 1912


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Beloved Lady, -

Two things I want you to think about when you can find a minute. In the first place Maude Miner is coming out Thursday for the Woman's City Club. It seemed to some of us that she would be the best person through whom to make better suggestions for better care of girls between 18 and 30. We need, of course, besides an officer corresponding to Miss Miner, the establishing of a night court, a Waverly House, and a reformatory like the one at Bedford. We are not going to get it all at once, but what would you think of quietly lifting Miss Sears out of the United Charities and segregating her to care for those girls for several years, until she could help us build up a constructive [mechanism] for caring for them adequately? I believe she would jump at the chance. She took the examination for chief probation officer, you know; she is able and courageous. At any rate, will you not think about it?

In the second place, as soon as you have a few minutes, you will be glad I know to take up the question of the celebration of the [Fiftieth] Anniversary of Emancipation. From the point of view of money, it probably does not mean very much more than the renting of a hall. Some of those who have been interested would like to have Orchestra Hall, or at least some down town meeting place. Does this seem to you too extravagant? What would you think of Rabbi Wise and [page 2] [page torn] as at least two of the speakers. I think there ought [to be] as many white as colored people in the program.

It is going to be terribly nice to have you back; the place has been absolutely empty.

Always faithfully yours,

Miss Jane Addams,