Friends have been urging me to write to you for the sake of humanity. But I have resisted their request because of the feeling that any letter from me would be an impertinence. Something tells me that I must not calculate and that I must make my appeal fot whatever it maybe worth. It is quite clear that you are today the one person in the world who can prevent a war wich may reduce humanity to the savage state. Must you pay that price for an object however worthy it may appear to you to be? Will you listen to the appeal of one who as deliberatly shunned the method of war not without considerable success? Any way I antecipate your fourgiveness, if I have erred in writting to you.