4, Aberdare Gardens,
Hampstead, LONDON. N.W.6.
19th October, 1937.
The Most Reverend Archbishop of Westminster,
May it please your Grace,
I hope your Grace will allow me to express to you my sincere thanks for your great kindness and consideration in according to me, without an appointment, a personal interview on the evening of the 11th inst. I am aware, as indeed your Grace made it perfectly clear, that you were seeing me as a private individual and not as a member of any Committee. As your Grace knows I called informally in anticipation of a formal request to you to see if your Grace would be kind enough to grant an interview to a specially chosen delegation from the Basque Children Committee (the delegates being the Duchess of Atholl, or in her absence Mr. H.V. Tewson, Assistant Secretary of the T.U.C., Mr. E.H.V. Harries, Organisation Secretary of the T.U.C., and myself). Your Grace intimated to me in unequivocal terms that you would decline to meet and would not see, any formal delegation from the Basque Children Committee. And I informed the appropriate officers accordingly.
Whilst being personally grateful to your Grace for your kindliness and consideration to me personally — a benevolence which I greatly appreciate — I am sorry your Grace could not see your way to receive the suggested delegation, hear what it had to say, and then formally announce that you would communicate your views, probably of disagreement, later. I would not presume to challenge your Grace's attitude which, as you indicated, was a considered, definite one, but I am most anxious to put Democracy in no antagonism to the Church, especially in matters where no deep Catholic principles are involved. I hope your Grace will allow me to add, that on the Basque Children Committee, so far as I have seen, there is no anti-Catholic feeling, and most members of the Committee, especially those