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Letter from Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, to Mrs. C. Sauro, October 21, 1940
Letter from Co-operative Commonwealth Federation of Canada, to Mrs. C. Sauro, October 21, 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 letters to M.J. Coldwell, an M.P. from the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation of Canada Party (CCF), and as indicated in this case to J.S. Woodsworth, M.P. and the first leader of the CCF. The response from the CCF National Office notes Woodsworth's illness (he died in 1942). Despite this, Woodsworth did indeed personally write Clementina (see ICEA2010-0008-0055.a-b). Coldwell would also follow-up with Clementina (see ICEA2010-0008-0040). In fact, he raised the issue of Libero’s internment in the House of Commons, pointing out that Sauro’s sons were in the Canadian services. Other letters indicate that Coldwell continued to interest himself in Sauro's case and those of other internees (see ICEA2010-0008-0051, ICEA2010-0008-0052, ICEA2010-0008-0053).
This document forms part of a collection of documents and other materials donated by the Sauro family.
October 21, 1940
Recto: [t-b, l-r]: [printed on paper] J. S. WOODSWORTH, M.P. / President / M. J. COLDWELL M.P. / Chairman / C. GRANT MacNEIL, M.P. / Vice-Chairman / Co-operative Commonwealth Federation of Canada / [symbol] 2 / DAVID LEWIS / National Secretary / National Office: / 127 WELLINGTON STREET / Telephone 2-0782 / OTTAWA, ONTARIO [typed] October 21, 1940. / Mrs. C. Sauro, / 104 Millwood Road, / Toronto, Ont. / Dear Mrs. Sauro:- / Your letter to Mr. Woodsworth of / October 9, has been forwarded to this office for / attention of Mr. Coldwell, since Mr. Woodsworth / is not well. Unfortunately Mr. Coldwell is at / present on a speaking tour in Western Canada and / will not be back until around November 4 or 5. / However, immediately he does return your letter / will be brought to his attention. For your / information I would say that Mr. Coldwell and / the CCF have already interested themselves in the / cases of internees such as your husband, [sic] The former / has visited and [d crossed out] internee camp and interviewed a few / of them. You may rest assured, therefore, that he / will do all he can to assist you. / Yours sincerely, [signature in ink] HW Dalton [typed] H. W. Dalton. / National Office.
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