See last paragraph.
Tele: Maida Vale 1384.
4, Aberdare Gardens,
Hampstead, LONDON, N.W.6.
3rd April, 1939.
His Eminence Cardinal Arthur Hinsley,
I am taking the libery of writing to you on my return from a voyage to the West Indies, where I was invited by special request of the Trinidad Labour Party to see the Social and Economic conditions existing there. I had an opportunity while staying there of paying short visits to several other islands, and I am writing to inform Your Eminence, that in the midst of very depressing conditions from every aspect, one bright spot was the very good work being done by Priests and Nuns and Catholic communities, performing priestly and educational duties in these parts.
In most of the islands the Catholic population is in the majority. My view is that but for the saving grace of religion the whole of the West Indies, with its mixed and mainly negroid population, would be in a continual state of turmoil.
I was in Trinidad for three weeks, and I would like specially to draw Your Eminence's attention to the very excellent work being done not only by the nuns and teachers in the ordinary Elementary Catholic Schools, but especially to the work being done by St. Mary's College, the Catholic Secondary School for Boys. This school, which has performed exceptionally valuable work, acting as an antidote to the Government Secondary Boys' School, the Royal College, is under the care of a Priest of exceptional ability and efficiency, Father J.J. English. Having seen the work at first hand I felt that I could scarcely do otherwise — in reporting rather adversely on the attitude of Government officials