Sentences taken from actual letters received by the local Welfare Department application for support - Actual spelling and phrasing.
I am forwarding my marriage certificut and six children. I have 7 but one died which was baptized on a half sheet of paper.
I am writing to 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 viseted by the clergy regularly.
I cannot get sick pay. I have six children, can you tell why?
I am glad to report that my husband who is missing is dead.
This is my eight child what are you doing about it?
Please find for certain if my husband is dead. The man I am now living with can't eat or do anything until he know.
I am very much annoyed to find you have branded my son illiterate. This is a dirty lie I was married a week before he was born.
In answer to your letter, I have given birth to a boy waighing ten pounds. I hope this is satisfactory.
I am forwarding my marriage certificate and three children, one of which was a mistake as you can see.
My husband got his project cut off two weeks ago and I haven't had relief since.
Unless I get my husband's money pretty soon, I will be forced to live an immortal life.
I have no children yet as my husband who is a truck driver works day and night.
You have changed my little boy to a girl. Will this make any difference?
In accordance with your instructions I have given birth to twins in the enclosed envelope.
I want my money as quick as I can get it. I've been in bed with the doctor for two weeks and he doesn't do me any good. If things don't improve, I will have to send for another doctor.