Usaburo Oikawa to The Custodian, 17 August 1944

Usaburo Oikawa to The Custodian, 17 August 1944

Box 27, Picture Butte, Alta. 17th August, 1944.
File No. 5590
506 Royal Bank Building, Vancouver, B. C. Dear Sir:
You have informed me that my property known as Lot 117 of Lot 140, Gp. 2, Map 1133 , has been sold. As you are aware, I have never consented to the sale nor ratified it but have at all times and do now object to the sale of my said property. Because, however, I am in destitute circumstances (and because the government has discontinued the advance of maintenance to me) (or as the case may be), I have to request from you, the proceeds of the sale of the property in order to maintain myself and my family but in doing so I wish it made clear that it is only being accepted under protest and without prejudice to any right which I have or may have arising out of what I consider the wrongful sale and disposition of my property.
Yours truly,
(Signed) "Usaburo Oikawa" #12737



Usaburo Oikawa to The Custodian, 17 August 1944


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