STRICTLY PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL.
10th August, 1936.
Mr. R. F. Lancaster,
Co-operative Wholesale Society, Ltd.
1, Balloon Street,
Dear Mr. Lancaster,
I did not receive your letter of the 5th August until this morning by reason that I had been absent from town and as the letter was marked 'private and confidential', it was not opened nor could it be sent to me as my address was changing.
The position about our Relief Fund is this. We have raised a certain amount, at the present time about £5,000, from contributions from Trade Unions and other Organisations as well as a great number of individual subscriptions. A part of this money is being retained here and a part of which is being sent through to the International Federation of Trade Unions who are administering it as part of the International Solidarity Fund which is operated under the present auspices of the I.F.T.U. and the Labour and Socialist International.
I can inform you privately that a representative of the I.F.T.U. visited Spain last week to consult with the Spanish Trade Union and workers' representative as to the best means of administering this Fund. There have been many suggestions made, such as sending medical units and establishing machinery in Spain for the relief