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With Sir Daniel Stevenson's
5, Cleveden Road,
4th September, 1938,
Dear Sir Walter,
Trades Union Secretaries to whom we appealed in September 1936 for help for the Scottish Ambulance Unit in Spain told us that their members' subscriptions for such purposes were sent to London, centralised in your hands, and we ought to apply to you. We did so and you generously sent us donations from time to time amounting in all to £3,000 which enabled us to pay practically the whole initial cost of our transport - ambulances, lorries and stores' waggon, now converted into an omnibus for sitting cases - and devote public subscriptions to maintenance, and most of all to supplementing the all too meagre rations of the non-combatant population in and around our headquarters, Madrid.
The transport now requires substantial overhauls and renewals, but far more serious is the ever increasing number of destitute families on our list, now some 800, besides a large number of individual invalids. I ought to add that at the present time "families" in Spain must be read as "households" and generally number anything up to 25 and more owing to many having lost their homes through bombardment and others having had to flee from places in the surrounding country and take refuge with friends and relatives in the Capital.
Miss Jacobsen returned from Spain at the end of July to discuss policy and particularly finance. She brought with her the members of the Unit as we have felt for some time that in