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 for whatever it may be worth.
It is quite clear that you are today
the one person in the world who can prevent a war which may reduce
humanity to a 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 has deliberately shunned the method of war not
without considerable success? Any way I anticipate your forgiveness,
if I have erred in writing to you.