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Letter from Mr. Perkins, to Mrs. L. Sauro, October 2, 1940
Letter from Mr. Perkins, to Mrs. L. Sauro, October 2, 1940.
Rev. Libero Sauro was arrested on September 7, 1940 and held at Don Jail before being transferred to Petawawa Internment Camp.
From his arrest, Clementina was relentless in her mission to have her husband released. She wrote many letters on his behalf, including in one example, a letter to M.J. Coldwell, a Social Democratic politician and a fellow clergyman. As a result, Coldwell raised the issue of Libero’s internment in the House of Commons, pointing out that Sauro’s sons were in the Canadian services.
Under the DOCR (Defence of Canada Regulations), after 30 days, internees could formally object to their detention to an advisory committee appointed by the Minister of Justice. The Minister of Justice then appointed a judge to review the internee’s case. This meant an examination of the RCMP’s evidence against the internee, meetings with the internee, and interviews with witnesses who could attest to the internee’s character. After this, the judge either recommended an internee’s release or continued internment to the Minister of Justice.
This letter is a response to one sent earlier by Clementina asking for help (ICEA2010.0008.0034).
This document forms part of a collection of documents and other materials donated by the Sauro family.
October 02, 1940
Recto: [t-b, l-r]: [printed on paper] Superintendent / REV. I. G. PERKINS, B.A. / Phone 1095-J / W.M.S. Deaconesses / MISS R. CHURCHILL / MISS E. EMPEY / All Peoples’ United Church / and Community Center / United Church of Canada / “THE HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP” / MAIN BUILDING / ALBERT AND HUDSON STS. / PHONE 1905-W / BRANCH: / BAYVIEW UNITED CHURCH / SAULT STE. MARIE. ONT. [typed] Oct. 2, 1940. / Dear Mrs. Sauro: / I was quite shocked to receive your letter about the / internment of my good friend Mr. Sauro. I have written / the Minister of Justice suggesting that it is my sincere / opinion that Mr. Sauro is not only innocent but his / presence among his country men in times like these would be / very helpful in combatting unCanadian [sic] [in pencil] influences. / Mr. Pinch has promised me that he will write and I / will get some others to do the same. What attitude does / the Home Mission Board take? No doubt you have already / contacted Dr. Cochrane. I hope that this mistake will / be speedily corrected, because I do think it was a mistake. / I hope you and the children are well, although I can / well imagine that you are greatly worried. Keep your chin / up and I am sure everything will work out O.K. We are / passing thro’ [sic] very serious days—days in which many people / are called upon to bear great burdens. / Very best regards to you all from Mrs. Perkins and myself. / Sincerely yours, [signature in ink] I. G. Perkins.
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