William Draper Lewis to Jane Addams, December 24, 1913


December 24th 1913.

Miss Jane Addams,
Hull House,
Chicago, Ill.

Dear Miss Addams: --

I also submit for your criticism a suggested clause putting into effect the so-called Recall of Judicial Decisions, in states already having the initiative. I hope to be able to submit in a short time a suggestion for model state constitutional clauses putting into effect the initiative and referendum. I should like to have your criticism of the enclosed so that the same may be submitted to our Committee at its next meeting.

In reading the enclosed suggested form I desire to call your special attention to the last two paragraphs. The next to the last paragraph is designed to put at rest forever the charge that we stand for reversing the judgment in the case of popular vote. My only doubt is whether it could be misunderstood as meaning that if a court issued an injunction restraining the enforcement of an act as passed by the Legislature the decree would be a decree restraining the enforcement of the act when subsequently adopted by the people.

The last paragraph as you will perceive, deals with the most difficult problem under "The Recall of Judicial Decisions". I am especially anxious to have your opinion in regard to both of these paragraphs.

Sincerely yours,

W. Draper Lewis [signed]

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