19th April 1937.
Mr. W. Schevenels,
International Federation of Trade Unions,
9, Avenue D'Orsay,
Dear Comrade Schevenels,
GOODS FOR SPAIN.
During the last ten days we have been endeavouring to make arrangements for the despatch of a consignment of foodstuff to Bilbao, but certain difficulties have had to be overcome in view of the situation which has arisen as a result of the recent declarations made by our Government. We are pleased to say, however, that arrangements have now been completed for this consignment to go to Bilbao by the British steamer "Backworth", which we understand is sailing from Immingham, Hull, today.
For your information we are enclosing a list of the goods, which have been consigned to "Direccion de Abastecimientos, Bilbao" on the advice of the Spanish Embassy here.
We understand from the British Co-operative Wholesale Society that they themselves are sending an additional 60 tons of foodstuffs by this steamer. We regret we are not in a position to inform you about the composition of this addition to the consignment.