Document 6: Francis Ralston Welsh to Professor Emily Greene Balch, 21 November 1924, Swarthmore College Peace Collection, Hannah Clothier Hull Papers (Microfilm, reel 5, section 3). Introduction
The following letter from extremely anti-Communist Francis Ralston Welsh (see also Document 21) apparently replied to correspondence from Emily Greene Balch, Vice-Chairman for the U.S. Section of WILPF, asking Welsh to refrain from repeating "false or libelous statements" about the organization.
FRANCIS RALSTON WELSH
20 South Fifteenth St
November 21, 1924.
Professor Emily Greene Balch, Vice-Chairman,
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, 1403 H Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. Dear Madam:
Your favor of the 20th instant has been duly received and contents noted. I have also read the platitudinous and unconvincing enclosure, which sets up [a] straw man to be knocked down, but carefully avoids the [more] serious facts. Even in this enclosure it is interesting to note that the one "statesman-like" man in and out of office name is Senator Borch, author of the utterly mendacious speech in the interests of communism at the Chicago meeting gotten up two years ago by the Communist American Civil Liberties Union. This speech gave great comfort to the Communists and other enemies of the country, and its mendacity was freely quoted by them in support of their aims. Senator Barah had every opportunity to correct this mendacity, but did not do so. I would have had no doubt that the WILPF would find an ardent sympathizer in him. Both play into the hands of the Russian Communists. I note, too, that you refer to the red "New Republic," which I would also expect to support the WILPF. I have no intention whatever of repeating any "false or libelous statements" about WILPF. I have made none and shall make none. That matter had already been taken up with their local counsel, Mr....
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