22nd February, 1940.
Mr. W. Schevenels,
International Fedn of Trade Unions,
9, Avenue D'Orsay,
Dear Mr. Schevenels,
You will remember that on the occasion of your last visit to London for the Conference of the Anglo-French Trade Union Council, we had a conversation as to the prospects of work being done in France, under your auspices and through a Committee under your supervision, with regard to the provision of Limbs for those who had been wounded in the Spanish Civil War, whether Spaniards or volunteers for service in Spain.
In the course of your interview with Mr. Jeger and myself, as Trustees now for the funds of what was once the Spanish Medical Aid Committee, we discussed the fact that the Spanish Medical Aid Committee before dissolution and placing its responsibilities in the hands of the Trustees, had recommeded the Trustees to grant the sum of £1000 to the Maison des Blesses, for the purpose of spending the money on artificial limbs for the Spanish wounded provided certain conditions were fulfilled, the conditions being that (a) the Maison des Blesses was in the position to function with the recognisance and approval of the French Government, (b) that the monetary grant was to be spent in the provision of artificial limbs and expenses connected therewith and not for any other purpose, and (c) that artificial limbs were available in France for purchase for this purpose, and that reports of the work done would be made as occasion desired periodically to the Trustees of the Spanish Medical Aid Committee. As we told you, from our enquiries we were very doubtful as to whether the Maison des Blesses was in a position to do this work, with the approval of the French Government or had the necessary facilities and machinery.
You had looked into the matter, and said that, if the necessary monetary grant were available from the Trustees you could undertake that this work should be done, that the work would be done with the approval of the French Government, that artificial limbs were available, that there would be no political discrimination in the application of the distribution of the limbs purchased through the monetary grant, that