Shotaro Yamakami to The Custodian, 03 February 1945

Shotaro Yamakami to The Custodian, 03 February 1945

House #206, Roseberry, B. C. February 3, 1945.
The Custodian, 506 Royal Bank Building, Vancouver, B. C. Dear Sir:
You have informed me that my property known as Dry Cleaning and Dressmaking Equipment at 706 West Broadway 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 I am now deprived of the income from my said property which I formerly enjoyed, I have to request from you, the proceeds of the sale of the property in order to maintan 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 rights which I have or may have arising out of what I consider the wrongful sale and disposition of my property.
Yours truly,



Shotaro Yamakami to The Custodian, 03 February 1945


Encoder: Ariel Merriam
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