Comisión de Refugiados Españoles de la C.N.T. en Inglaterra.
6 Clarendon Lodge.
56 Clarendon Rd.
17th September 1942.
Sir Walter Citrine.
General secretary of the Congress of the Trade Unions.
Since April 1939 and at the end of the Spanish War, arrived to this country amongst other refugees a number of workers belonging to the Confederación Nacional de Trabajadores (C.N.T.) of Spain in which association they had held positions of great significance.
On our arrival to England our first attitude was to inform the Congress of the Trade Unions our desire to establish fraternal relations with the organised workers of England as we consider it was our duty as also organised Spanish workers who fought a war of the utmost political-social significance -the greatest up to date- and as refugees who were welcome by the British people to show on this way our gratitude.
All the above was explain in a letter addressed to the Congress of the Trade Unions which was not replied directly but Mr. H. Tewson, Assistant Secretary, in a letter addressed to Miss Ethel Manin, gave the reasons why the relations we desired could not be established.
Since then, the Spanish workers of the C.N.T. and refugees on this country, we have not considered convenient to rise again this matter out however in view of the events which has happened during these last three and half years, we are now convinced that the reasons which the Congress of the Trade Unions in refusing our demand must have now disappeared.
In a recent meeting of our Commission on this country was again raised this matter and the convenience to establish the fraternal relations with your organization and therefore this letter is the conveyance of the resolution passed.
We are members of the C.N.T. and although we do not belong to your International we have proven our position against fascism and national socialism, and on the subject our opinions are identical to yours We have also shown during two and half years in Spain our