Letter May 20 from Norman Thomas to Violet [Thomas]

Date

xxxx-05-20

Title

Letter May 20 from Norman Thomas to Violet [Thomas]

Date

xxxx-05-20

Description

Letter to his wife from Norman Thomas re: Evan Thomas & other C.O.s, etc.

Subject

WWI conscientious objection / objectors

Coverage

United States

Creator

Thomas, Norman

Source

Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Publisher

Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Rights

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Format

image/tif

Language

English

Type

text

Identifier

CDGA. Thomas Norman-LetterUndatedMay20ToBelovedFromNormanPage01, CDGA. Thomas Norman-LetterUndatedMay20ToBelovedFromNormanPage02,
CDGA. Thomas Norman-LetterUndatedMay20ToBelovedFromNormanPage03

Transcription

THE AMERICAN PATRIOT
Norman M. Thomas, Chairman
220 East 116th St., New York

May 20th

Beloved:

I’ve been very busy ever since I got back with the New World etc. The most interesting things are:
1. Dr. Campbell tells me he saw Evan yesterday. His papers came and he was to be ordered to muster in to-day. Of course he will refuse and then comes the fun. He doesn’t want me to try to come out till about Thursday.
2. I saw your friend Zithel who is to have the lease signed by the Pres. of the W. to-morrow & ready for me to sign. Our conversation was very amicable. Our bond brought about $920.

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3. Tertius van Dyke came to the Civil Liberties lunch & apparently like it.

Last night I saw Ralph Harler[sp?] at Jack Darr’s. He was interesting as usual and brought word to Jack – (that pen is no good) that Miss Talcott[sp?] and Edith Bates had sent for him to give him a sort of ultimatum to Jack as to pacifism and the Neighborhood House. If he doesn’t agree to accept their terms (no pacifist workers etc.) they will withdraw their support. Jack is of a mind to say “all right” and if necessary let them run the Neighborhood House simply keeping the church which apparently is most loyal to him and Vera. I’ll be eager to see how it comes out. Harlow gave these ladies a straight talk. He says they blame me for Jack’s heresies as well as my own sins & say I ought to be in jail; that Edith wrung her hands

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and kept saying “just think – five little pacifists.” Ask Tommy if he is that.

I had a perfectly beautiful time with you all especially Sunday morning. I hope you & Rebekah are faring tolerably well. I miss you here and am not in much. Evidently the trunk got off Sat. Have you rec’d it?

Dear love to you & all my boys and girls,
Goodnight, my own. ,
Norman

Citation

Thomas, Norman, “Letter May 20 from Norman Thomas to Violet [Thomas],” Conscientious Objection & the Great War: 1914-1920, accessed December 13, 2018, http://cosandgreatwar.swarthmore.edu/items/show/1632.

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