Aya Suzuki and Sentaro Suzuki to Mr. George Peters, 23 September 1944

Aya Suzuki and Sentaro Suzuki to Mr. George Peters, 23 September 1944

September 23, 1944.
Administration Department.
Dear Sir:
Received your letter of the 18th instant. File No. 9957.
That property is one place I do not want to see sold as most of us were born there and the fruit trees Mother went to a lot of hardship in getting them and planting them and seeing them grow and the house itself though old is a symbol to us and to the old Parents. Also we have a family plot in Vancouver, isn't that enough to assure you that our hopes are to grow with Canada and die on her soil? "Be there a man whose soul so dead who never to himself hath this is my own my native Land". Mother's heart & soul is in to get back to that house yet I am trying to wean her away from the re-location centre to go east for awhile. Yet you still insist it is Ottawa's Orders and take a dictatorial hand and not a democratic way. Please do not try us any further.
Re: Titles - I am sorry to inform you I have not got them as we obeyed your orders implicitly. You know where they are more than we as we heard that you took them all.
So I am sorry I cannot help you, but I felt to be polite I must answer you.
I hear the Custodian has taken our piano. I hope you get a good price so that I could get another where-ever I go.
So I can't be more helpful, but I would like to know where it is too - please inform me.
I am Yours truly,
for "Aya Suzuki" #08121
For Dad "Sentaro Suzuki" #08209.



Aya Suzuki and Sentaro Suzuki to Mr. George Peters, 23 September 1944


Encoder: Ariel Merriam
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