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Letter from Price Waterhouse & Co, to Mrs. L. Sauro, November 22, 1940
Letter from Price Waterhouse & Co, to Mrs. L. Sauro, November 22, 1940.
Rev. Libero Sauro was arrested on September 7, 1940 and held at Don Jail before being transferred to Petawawa Internment Camp.
Price Waterhouse & Co. was an agent employed by the Custodian of Enemy Property (CEP), a branch of the Canadian government that oversaw the administration of assets belonging to internees and other enemy aliens. The government office served a dual function. Acting as a trustee for the internee/enemy alien, the office and its agents also protected the interests of the creditors. The CEP would pay off an internee’s debts by selling his or her property or businesses. It also collected money owed to internees by others. Each accounting firm hired by the CEP would bill an internee for administrative costs even though internees did not ask for the CEP to be involved.
In cases where internees did not have any assets or debts of note, CEP often would remove themselves from the case. it would appear this was the situation for Libero Sauro, as indicated in this letter. Regardless, Sauro was charged a $15.00 administration fee (see ICEA2010.0008.0007).
This document forms part of a collection of documents and other materials donated by the Sauro family.
November 22, 1940
Recto: [t-b, l-r]: [printed on paper] PRICE, WATERHOUSE & CO. / ROYAL BANK BUILDING / TORONTO [typed] November 22 1940. / REGISTERED / Mrs. L. Sauro, / 104 Millwood Road, / Toronto, Ontario. / Dear Madam: / LIBERO SAURO / We have now been advised by the Custodian of Enemy Property / that he has no further interest in your husband’s affairs and we / should be obliged if you would be guided accordingly. / We also return herewith the following items belonging to / your husband, which were forwarded to us by the internment authorities: / 1 Canadian Passenger Association travelling certificate / No. 78216. / 1 Ordine Figli D’Italia No. 66 / 1 Gold wrist watch / 2 Key. / Yours very truly, [signature in ink] Price, Waterhouse + Co. [typed] Inspector for the / Custodian of Enemy Property.
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