MIDLAND MINERS' FEDERATION.
8 Lady Bank,
18th April 1940.
E. Edwards, Esq.,
50, Russell Square,
Dear Mr. Edwards,
During the Spanish war, we had a lot of children refugees and their teachers living close to Tamworth. They were under the charge of a Committee in Birmingham, presided over by the Lord Mayor of that City.
My wife and I often visited them, and the teachers occasionally came to our house, and so we got to know them fairly well. The children, I understand, have now returned to Spain, and some of the teachers also, but two Basque young ladies - who were teachers in Spain before they came to England, and who apparently had very anti-Franco tendencies - have been advised by their relatives not to return to Spain, or they would be arrested for their part in the revolution.
They are living in Birmingham now, but have a chance to go out to South America to teach at a school in Venezuela. They have written to me to say that they can raise some of the money for the journey, but not all of it, and ask if there is any fund to help them. I am, therefore, writing to ask if you know of any fund from which to assist them. I think the amount required is between £30 and £40 for both of them, and they are prepared to pay it back, but I do not know when they would be able to do that.
If you can give me any information, I shall be very much obliged.
(signed) G. H. JONES.