20th September, 1940.
Mr. George Jeger,
Lower Park Road,
Thanks very much for your letter of the 8th September, and I can seize the opportunity now of acknowledging your last letter and also thanking you for the one wishing me success for Rochdale. As you know, it has come off, but Parliament is a very strange place these days.
(1) S.M.A.C. and Miss Alty. I am afraid I cannot see how I could justifiably agree to such high remuneration as you suggest to Miss Alty, as I really do not think we could consent to a point a week for her services in the circumstances, or even for a fraction of that, and I scarcely think Mrs. Manning as the other Trustee will agree. The situation is now complicated by the fact that Miss Alty wrote me a letter on the 12th September, which I am enclosing, giving no address, and telling me that her office has been bombed, and apparently she is not living at her usual home. I tried telephoning to the telephone number she gave me but unsuccessfully, so I have no news about her, and, of course, if she is really homeless as the result of bombing, the situation will have changed, and we might quite justifiably help her seeing that she helped us, but I can do nothing in the circumstances until I hear from her again. It seems to be singularly unfortunate that both her office should have been bombed and that her house is unsafe and vulnerable.
(2) Welsh Ambulance Fund. I really do not thank we will get very far over this, but I only wanted the Basque Committee and Miss Lloyd George and Roberts to know exactly their position in the matter.
I hope you are happy in your new environment and