4th September, 1938.
Dear Sir Walter,
When I had the pleasure of meeting you at the Exhibition Lunch recently, I should have liked to have a good talk with you and get your advice about the Finance of our Unit, but it was quite impossible that day.
Thanks to your generosity and a fairly steady stream of public benevolence till the late Spring, we had been able to carry on our Ambulance work and the distribution of foodstuffs to non-combatants, particularly women, children, invalids and old men. But the stream which tended to diminish latterly had all but dried up by the end of July. The reason seemed to me to be the National Joint Committee's new policy. They formally asked all supporters of Spanish Relief to send their money to the National Joint Committee, London, or to their Scottish Branch in Edinburgh, formed last December.
We joined up, though I confess I had my doubts and they have been more than justified. They have been getting our subscriptions and neither London nor Edinburgh has given us a penny.
Fortunately a letter by Miss Jacobsen, published by the Manchester Guardian on 17th August (copy enclosed ) restored for about ten days something like the old public generosity, but in our two years' experience we have found that a month to six weeks must elapse before issuing further formal Press appeals.