Document 7A: Hamilton Holt to Lucia Ames Mead, Florida, 27 August 1926. Papers of Edwin Doak Mead & Lucia Ames Mead, 1876-1936, Swarthmore College Peace Collection (Scholarly Resources Microfilm, reel 3, box 6).
This letter from Hamilton Holt, President of Rollins College, warned Lucia Mead of a circular that was being sent around Florida by DAR member, Ida Floyd White. He enclosed a copy (see Document 7B), which declared Mrs. Mead to be a "serious menace" to the people of Florida because of her connections with the National Council for the Prevention of War. The circular's description of her political affiliations and beliefs was a yeasty combination of lies and distortions. Holt pointed out these distortions in his reply to White (see Document 7C).
Mrs. Edwin Doak Mead,
Winter Park, Florida
Summer address, Sunset Hill, August 27th, 1926.
Dear Mrs. Mead:-
This slanderous circular has just been forwarded to me from Florida. I think it is probably actionable and no doubt you could recover damages in court.
With kindest regards to Dr. Mead, I am
Faithfully yours, (signed) Hamilton Holt