Translated telegram to Benito Mussolini from Dr. Ferdinando Mancuso, June 3, 1940 (?)
Translated telegram to Benito Mussolini from Dr. Ferdinando Mancuso, the Grande Venerabile, Order Sons of Italy. The telegram appears to have been sent on June 3, seven days before the declaration of war.
At this moment in which our country of origin is preparing to pronounce its attitude in the European War Italians resident in Canada, strongly supported by numerous and authoritative AngloCanadian sympathisers maintain that all aspirations including participation of control of the Suez Canal can be satisfied without recourse to arms and are ready to exercise every influence moral and material so that the legitimate aspirations of the Italian people under the direction of Your Excellency will be granted without shedding of blood
A handwritten note in pencil at the lower left corner reads: Defayette advised: Contents(?) known by him [Initials].
Ferdinando and his brother Salvatore Mancuso were interned as threats to the Canadian state.