C/O Swift & Company, P.O. Box #290,
SANTIAGO DE CUBA,
March 11, 1939
Sir Walter Citrine, K.B.E., General secretary,
Trades Unions Congress,
Mr. Ramon Perez Fernandez has handed me your letter of February 7 addressed to him with request that I reply thereto on his behalf, inasmuch as it was originally at my suggestion that the guarantees with the West India & Panama Telegraph Company were made.
The matter in question bears relation to the desire of Mr. Ramon Perez to get his brother out of Republican Spain and, as you will observe from attached letter which gives details in full, I addressed you in December last; however, before mailing the letter Mr. Perez received word from Spain that the necessary authorization had been received by his brother to leave Spain and, under the circumstances, we decided not to trouble you and desisted from mailing the letter.
Both Mr. Perez and I deeply regret any annoyance or trouble our action may have caused you. Any responsibility therefor is assumed in its entirety by me and I very respectfully ask your pardon. My only object was to try to serve a very old and valued friend, and, I am sure - judging from your able defense of the poor West Indian labourers at the various hearings of the Royal Commission - you will consider my action from the standpoint of the kindliness from which it originated, and pardon the very extreme liberty I took.
I trust that when this reaches London you will have already arrived back home safely and that your efforts on behalf of my downtrodden and other West Indian countrymen will bear very good fruit.
Yours very respectfully,
S. R. Kennedy