Letter from G.G. Beckett, to Ruggers [sic] Bacci, July 6, 1943 - en anglais seulement

This typewritten letter was sent by G.G. Beckett, Assistant Deputy Custodian, to Ruggero Bacci, on July 6, 1943. Bacci had been interned as a security threat to Canada but was released 12 days prior to the writing of this letter; the contents of which center on the CEP fee of $4.30 he was charged and had paid for the maintenance of his assets.

The Custodian of Enemy Property (CEP) was a branch of the Canadian government that oversaw the administration of assets belonging to internees and other enemy aliens. This 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. Families of internees often did not have access to the husband's assets and bank accounts. As a result, families often had to negotiate with the CEP for stipends for daily subsistence or use of assets like an automobile. In some cases, where assets were lacking, the CEP divested itself of any interest and left the families to fend for themselves.