Letters to Welfare

The following are sentences taken from actual letters received by a local Welfare Department in application for subsistence:


I am forwarding my marriage certificate and six children. I have seven, but one died which was baptized on a half sheet of paper.

I am writing the Welfare Department to say that my baby was born two years old. When do I get my money?

Mrs. Jones has not had any clothes for a year and has been visited regularly by the Clergy.

I cannot get sick pay. I have six childen - can you tell me why?

I am glad to report that my husband who is missing is dead.

This is my eigth child. What are you going to do about it?

Please find for certain if my husband is dead. The man I am now living with can't eat or do anything cntil he knows.

I am very much annoyed to find you have branded my son illiterate. This is a dirty lie as I was married a week before he was born.

In answer to your letter, I have given birth to a boy weighing ten pounds. I hope this is satisfactory.

I am forwarding my certificate of marriage and my three childen, one of which is a mistake as you can see.

My husband got his project cut off two weeks ago and I haven't had any relief since.

You have changed my little boy to a girl. Will this make a difference?

I have no children as yet, as my husband is a truck driver and works day and night.

In accordance with your instruction, I have given birth to twins in the enclosed envelope.

I want my money as quick as I can get it. I have been in bed with the doctor for two weeks and he couldn't do me any good. If things don't improve, I will have to send for another doctor.