18th October 1937
Monsieur Leon Jouhaux,
Confederation Generale du Travail, 211, Rue Lafayette, PARIS. X.
Dear Comrade Jouhaux,
Upon receipt of your letter of the 16th instant I immediately got into touch with our Home Office about the detention of comrade Emidio Santana at Southampton. I was informed that Major Attlee, the leader of the British Labour Party, had already approached this Government Department about this specific matter.
I was also told that comrade Santana left Southampton on Saturday last in a ship which would call at Cherbourg. In the meantime, he had communicated with friends and it was expected that the necessary papers would be awaiting him upon arrival at Cherbourg which would enable him to land.
The matter is now out of the hands of the British authorities, and it is not possible for us to pursue the matter further.
In conclusion, I would like to say that while I am always willing to help any of our Trade Union colleagues who may find themselves in difficulties in